Mozart’s Così fan tutte
The Metropolitan Opera Presents:
Mozart’s Così fan tutte
The Complete Libretto
For a long time, Così fan tutte was considered scandalous – which is not entirely surprising, if you look at its story. After seeing their fiancés, Guglielmo and Ferrando, go off to war, two sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, all too rapidly overcome their grief and agree to marry two attractive strangers within the space of just a couple days. Little do the sisters know that the strangers are in fact those same fiancés in disguise! The whole thing is a plot masterminded by a cynical old philosopher, Don Alfonso, and a clever maid, Despina. Scandalous or not, Così fan tutte has remained one of opera’s most contemporary comedies.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Mozart’s Così fan tutte (April 2014, $18.99) is the latest in the Metropolitan Opera Presents Libretto Library Series by Amadeus Press. In this groundbreaking series, classic and well-known operas are presented in a fresh new package. Each book features the complete libretto; color image inserts from Met Opera productions, a Met Opera libretto “In Focus” feature; and official Met Opera program notes. All titles include introductions and forewords by renowned opera experts.
Among Mozart’s major operas, Così fan tutte was the last to find a permanent place in the repertoire, being first presented at the Met in 1922. Though a relative newcomer to the Met’s repertoire, Così fan tutte has attracted some of its greatest singers, including Lucrezia Bori, Eleanor Steber, Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, Cecilia Bartoli, Richard Tucker, Håkan Hagegård, and Thomas Hampson, all of whom, as Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb points out in his introduction, are pictured in archival photos in this book.
“Whether you experience Così fan tutte at the Met, on the radio, online, or as part of our Live in HD movie-theater transmissions,” Gelb continues, “I hope that on these pages you will find all you need to know to fully enjoy and appreciate this masterful and unique piece of music theater.”
Mozart’sCosì fan tutte is the third title in Amadeus Press’s Metropolitan Opera Libretto Series, following Puccini’s Tosca and Puccini’s La Boheme. The next three books in the series, accompanying the Live in HD debuts of Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, and Cavalerria Rusticana/Pagliacci, will be published this fall.
April 15, 2014
6” x 9”
Amadeus Press is an imprint of Hal Leonard