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Schloss , Schloss 99706 Sondershausen Germany

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Loh Orchestra Sondershausen
Don Alfonso

About the work

“Così fan tutte” - “that's how everyone does it”: This is what Don Alfonso, the friend of Guglielmo and Ferrando, claims. He wants to prove to them that their fiancés Fiordiligi and Dorabella are no exception to the rule and, like all women, are unfaithful. So the men in love, sure of the loyalty of their respective wives, get involved in the game in which they both dress up for the partner of their friend. Fiordiligi and Dorabella are initially steadfast, but Don Alfonso finally manages, with the help of the shrewd Despina, to find the wrong couples. Before anything worse happens, he initiates a reconciliation. At the same time, not everything is as it was before. What appears as a game in this "School of Lovers" ("La scuola degli amanti"), as it is called in the subtitle of this last opera by Mozart and his congenial librettist da Ponte, is nothing less than a parable about love and theirs Vulnerability, about human relationships and their changes. For da Ponte's profound libretto, which refers to numerous educational traditions of his time, Mozart wrote music that conveyed the emotional experience of the protagonists, their devotion and passion, their doubts and abysses, in a moving way, while always maintaining an engaging lightness. By the way: An anecdote tells that Mozart did not like the first female singer of Fiordiligi, because she had a habit of lowering her chin on low notes and lifting it on high notes. Mozart nonetheless underlined this unpleasant peculiarity with a wink by incorporating high and low tones in rapid alternation for it in the famous "rock aria" ("Come scoglio").
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