Of the three operas created by the duo of Mozart and Da Ponte, Così fan tutte is perhaps the most ambiguous. What presents itself as a nimble comedy is in reality a harsh analysis of human limitations and mendacity.
A bet arranged by the seasoned cynic Don Alfonso results in a classic example of male competitive mechanisms and human failings. The self-importance and vanity of the friends Guglielmo and Ferrando regarding their trust and the property of their fiancées, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, put their seemingly intact romances at risk. In a merciless competition for love and the proof of the other partner’s unfaithfulness, the young men become the victims of their own enticements. Eventually, they both ending up coveting the other’s fiancée. Don Alfonso, the figure behind this whole drama, finally brings the action to its dénouement: the four must admit to one another than unconditional trust is not their strongest suit. They try to start all over again – with mixed emotions and some rich life experiences.
Così fan tutte sees the reprise of a production directed to great acclaim by the internationally renowned Flemish director Guy Joosten. The music is conducted by the Italian baroque specialist Attilio Cremonesi, a musician who is able to unlock new aspects of seemingly universally-known works. An ensemble of young Mozart singers appearing for the first time at the Flanders Opera will interpret the most important roles.