Così fan tutte
Dramma giocoso in two acts (1790)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lorenzo Da Ponte
After »Le nozze di Figaro« and »Don Giovanni«, Mozart and Da Ponte collaborated for a third time on »Così fan tutte« in 1789/90. First the Viennese court poet Da Ponte came up with a subject of his own invention. Then Mozart provided numerous starting points for the original arrangement of arias, duets, trios and other ensemble movements, right up to the two great finali. In this finely structured chamber play, a new level of Mozart’s already astonishing skill in characterization through music is revealed in a multitude of diverse moments of expression. Morality and its absence are addressed, not only in philosophical discourse, but primarily in the actions of true-to-life characters, who walk a tightrope between truth and deception. The young French director Vincent Huguet and Daniel Barenboim will kick off the new Da Ponte cycle at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with this production of Mozart’s last Italian comic opera.