Following the great successes of Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte was the last of the three operas that Mozart wrote with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Although well received at its premiere in Vienna in 1790, it was then largely neglected until the mid-twentieth century. Its comic, but deeply felt portrayal of the foibles of young people in love has since become recognized as perhaps the most sophisticated and perfect of all Mozart’s operas.
In this guide, Richard Wigmore describes the background to the writing of the opera and the shaping of its composition. Julian Rushton provides a detailed analysis of its principal musical features and Hugh Canning outlines in its perfomance history how the work has now established a secure position for itself in the repertory of opera houses throughout the world.
The guide contains the full Italian libretto with English translation by Jonathan Burton. There are twenty-eight illustrations, a musical thematic guide, a discography, bibliography and DVD and website guides. This guide is intended as a companion to increase readers' enjoyment an appreciation of this endlessly fascinating work.
Overture Opera Guide
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Opera: Così fan tutte
Size: 13x19.5x2 cm