Jonathan Mark MacPherson
Così fan tutte was the third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte debuted in 1790.
This comic opera explores the complexity of love with deceptions and laughter. The show begins with a philosopher’s bet with the two soldiers that their fiancées will be fickle and unfaithful and that he can prove his point that very same day. What follows is a host of tricks and disguises. The two sisters are then to go through a roller coaster of emotions: from being broken-hearted as they bid farewell to their lovers (who are supposedly being summoned by the army) to their hearts fluttering incessantly as they meet two amorous strangers trying to win them over.
This abridged version of Così fan tutte will be around 80 minutes complete with all the musical highlights. SLO has been producing abridged operas, sung in the original language with English dialogues since 2019 to great critical delight. Being short and sweet, it is certainly an easy way for music lovers and in particular, first-time opera-goers, to have a taste of this special art form. It also provides golden opportunities for Singaporean artists to showcase their talents and gain valuable stage experience, fulfilling one of SLO’s missions of nurturing and developing local future stars.
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