Sung in Italian with Czech and English subtitles.
Premiere 18th May 2018, Mahen Theatre
Do not test your relationship, or you risk your girlfriend giving her feelings to another man.
They are all alike, or the School of Lovers, is the title of the third opera which emerged from the artistic partnership between the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte and the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. At first, Salieri tried to set the libretto to music but soon he abandoned this idea, and the story about a seemingly harmless bet on women's faithfulness ended up in the most professional hands. In people's relationships, nothing is just black or white and that is especially truein this opera. Mozart continued his previous works, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, which cannot be easily categorized – as there is always a wicked smile peeping out from these dramas, or tears and anger hidden behind laughter. The same applies for this opera: two young guys, Ferrando and Guglielmo, encouraged by the sceptic Don Alfonzo, disguise themselves as foreigners to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. However, before the game ends, they are caught in a web of emotions because of this false game. The audience of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century considered this subject matter vulgar and immoral, and Cosi fan tutte almost disappeared from opera stages. Today, it rightfully belongsamong the most frequently produced operas – as not only are its arias and ensembles great opera hits but the work produced by Mozart through contrast and musical expression, is a real jewel of the operatic repertoire.