Sunday 19 May 2013 -
Mozart, opera: Cosi fan tutte
A dangerous game !
Mozart's opera Così fan tutte was written in Vienna on the 26 January 1790, in the wake of the storming of the Bastille and the "Great Fear" of August 1789.
At first sight this is not obvious in the work: revolutionary themes are more likely to be found in his Marriage of Figaro or in the central character of Don Giovanni who refused to repent until his death.
However the "opera buffa" Così fan tutte, is seemingly a work of merry, sentimental banter which is a tribute to the joy of marriage.
Nevertheless, the work can also be read differently. Some have read in this work a dark counterpoint to the lighter side: indeed, human beings are in this story mere pawns in a sadistic role-playing game run by those in power. However, as you will discover, it is not always the most powerful who win...
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