By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
A handy, pocket-sized advisor to Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE along with the significant CHARACTERS within the opera, the tale SYNOPSIS, a narrative NARRATIVE WITH ONE-BAR tune spotlight examples, and an essay delivering historical past in regards to the opera and its composer, research, and insightful observation.
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Romanticism considered the Enlightenment an arrogant pretense to universal truth, and their movement focused on the senses of freedom and feeling and eventually provided perhaps the greatest transformation of Western consciousness. Così fan tutte and its tension between emotion and reason represent a bridge between the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Mozart and da Ponte stood in the middle of the bridge – at the center of those two great ideologies - not quite sure on which side they belonged. Nevertheless, Così fan tutte is a magic: a supremely lovely, funny, highly entertaining, enchanting, and satisfying comic opera.
Nevertheless, Così fan tutte is a magic: a supremely lovely, funny, highly entertaining, enchanting, and satisfying comic opera. The rest is commentary.
We can only assume that they all live happily ever after in a world in which reason triumphs. After all, the essence of the entire Enlightenment was that man act with reason rather than emotion. Così fan tutte should also be viewed as hyperbole: an exaggeration for effect that is not meant to be taken seriously. In da Ponte’s hands, it most assuredly has undertones – and overtones – of Enlightenment conflicts, ideology, and contradictions: those historic prejudices against women, their lack of power, the gender divide and the hypocrisies inherent in male attitudes to women.
Cosi fan tutte (Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart