Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte collaborated over a 4 12 months interval to provide three of the preferred works in at present’s opera repertory, The Marriage of Figaro (1986), Don Giovanni (1787), and Così fan tutte (1790). Every opera accommodates a few of Mozart’s best music, and every consists of compelling human dramas by Da Ponte. Da Ponte primarily based the primary two on different works, however Così is unique with him. Music historians point out that Mozart centered on making a profitable present and left the story very a lot to his librettist. I consider there’s a whole lot of Da Ponte in Così, particularly within the character Don Alfonso. Così’s librettist led an astounding life over his 89 years. By all stories he was a womanizer inflicting him a whole lot of heartache, lacking enamel, and cash issues. He was born right into a Jewish household that transformed to Catholicism when he was fourteen, inflicting him to take the title of the native bishop. Lorenzo grew to become a priest and whereas serving in that capability took a mistress, by whom he had two youngsters; he subsequently was banished from Venice for fifteen years supposedly for producing entertainments in a brothel, and different mala vita, dangerous residing. He obtained an introduction to Antononio Salieri, Mozart’s rival, and have become a librettist. After Così, he misplaced his courtroom appointment as a result of demise of Austria’s Josef II; he grew to become a household man, lived in London as a ebook vendor and grocer, earlier than spending the remainder of his life in New York the place he grew to become the primary Professor of Italian Historical past at Columbia Faculty. He additionally began an opera firm that failed however grew to become the forerunner of the Metropolitan Opera. Throughout his whole life, his many, many enterprise ventures failed, however he by no means misplaced his potential to appeal these above his station. All of which I reference to make the case that the person knew one thing of life.
I consider that Don Alfonso’s providing of forgiveness as the ultimate answer was born of Da Ponte’s experiences and certain his want for some absolution for himself. I’m attempting to make my peace with this opera by specializing in a line from Fiordiligi’s aria,”Per pietà, ben mio, perdona” (for pity, my love, forgive), sang so superbly by Ms. Wilde. She sings “forgive the sins of a loving coronary heart”; different translations use “forgive the error of a loving soul”. I believe that is actually the purpose Mr. Da Ponte was creating in Cosí fan tutte. Sure, I believe he and Mr. Mozart selected to have some enjoyable on the expense of naïve earthlings. Nonetheless, I counsel that that line got here straight from the librettist’s coronary heart, and that line, not human indiscretions, impressed the composer to fill the opera with music of such nice magnificence.
The Fan Expertise: Così fan tutte has further performances occurring on March 18, 20, 23, 26, however as of March 15, seating was very restricted. The Eisenhower Theatre’s seating capability is barely half what the Opera Home can accommodate; the Opera Home is at present internet hosting Jesus Christ Celebrity. The Così efficiency runs 2 hours and 45 minutes plus a 25-minute intermission. The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles.
WNO Director Timothy O’Leary talking earlier than the efficiency started famous that we’re all caught in what is going on in Ukraine. He voiced help of members of the WNO Orchestra who’re from Ukraine and have households there.
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