‘All women are like that,’ declares Don Alfonso, betting his friends Ferrando and Guglielmo that in just one day he can prove both their fiancées unfaithful. But when the young men accept, they enrol unwittingly in Alfonso’s ‘School for Lovers’. Will love prevail, or will cynicism take the prize?
The last of the three great collaborations between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte is also the most sophisticated – a comedy that teeters right on the brink of tragedy. Scratch the sunny surface and this Neapolitan farce reveals itself as a probing psychological portrait of human nature in all its complexity. That Mozart sets these human truths to one of the most artlessly lyrical scores he would ever write, only adds to their unsettling impact.
A much-loved Glyndebourne classic, Nicholas Hytner’s staging finds both the charm and the darkness in Mozart’s opera. Celebrated Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi makes his Glyndebourne debut.