Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Così fan tutte


Comic opera in two acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles
Così fan tutte. “Thus do all women.” Meaning that they're fickle, as Don Alfonso says in Mozart and Da Ponte's third joint opera. The fiancés passing themselves off as Albanians, the chambermaid disguised as a notary and the many comic situations all make for an amusing comedy. But occasionally the laughter is of the nervous sort...
The sometimes almost cynical piece eventually comes out on the side of love, but while simultaneously showing both its beauty and hopelessness.
Miklós Szinetár's legendary 1979 production, which was performed 204 times over the course of 33 years, has returned to the stage of the Erkel Theatre.

Act 1
Ferrando and Guglielmo are convinced of the fidelity of Fiordiligi and Dorabella, the two sisters to whom they are betrothed. Don Alfonso, on the other hand, claims all women are fickle and wagers that he can prove it. The young men agree to take AlfonsoÅLs test, and he tells the sisters that their husbands-to-be have been enlisted into the army. Once the men have departed, the sisters’ maid Despina is persuaded by Alfonso to introduce two young Albanian friends (Ferrando and Guglielmo in disguise) to Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Each "stranger" then begins to court the otherÅLs fianc.e, and they begin to make progress after pretending to take poison. Despina disguises herself as a doctor and [with the Mesmerian magnetic therapy] successfully cures the Albanians.


Act 2
When Ferrando learns that Dorabella has yielded to Guglielmo, he becomes yet more determined to win Fiordiligi’s heart. Eventually, she too succumbs and a double wedding is planned − with Despina, again in disguise, as the notary. Just as the army is heard returning, the Albanian newlyweds disappear and Ferrando and Guglielmo appear in their place. Producing the marriage contract, they remonstrate with the sisters, who soon confess their deceit. After paying Alfonso his wager, Ferrando and Guglielmo forgive Fiordiligi and Dorabella.


Details

Location
Erkel Theatre
Date
March 8, 2019
Start time
18:00
End time
21:10

Cast

Conductor
Benjamin Bayl
Fiordiligi
Lilla Horti
Dorabella
Gabriella Balga
Ferrando
Dániel Pataky
Guglielmo
Zoltán Nagy
Despina
Zita Szemere
Don Alfonso
Wolfgang Bankl

Credits

Librettist
Lorenzo Da Ponte
Director
Miklós Szinetár
Set designer
Gábor Forray
Costume designer
Judit Schäffer
Choreographer
Csaba Sebestyén
Hungarian surtitles
Ágnes Romhányi
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki

Premiere
April 21, 1979

Events

2019. March 01., Fri, 18:00
2019. March 03., Sun, 19:00
2019. March 05., Tue, 18:00
2019. March 08., Fri, 18:00