Cosi Fan Tutte Tickets

Cos? is one of the three Mozart operas for which da Ponte did the libretto. (The title is often shortened to Cos? in the English-speaking world.) The other two da Ponte-Mozart collaborations were Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.


Cosi was written and composed at the suggestion of the Emperor Joseph II. The libretto was originally intended to be set to music by Mozart's contemporary Antonio Salieri but Salieri only completed parts of the first act and then broke off work on the opera. The title, Cos? fan tutte, literally means "Thus do all [women]" but it is often translated as "Women are like that". The words are sung by the three men in Act II, Scene xi, just before the finale. Da Ponte had used the line "Cos? fan tutte le belle" earlier in Le nozze di Figaro

The first performance of Mozart's setting took place at the Burgtheater in Vienna on January 26, 1790. The subject matter (see synopsis below) did not offend Viennese sensibilities of the time, but throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries it was considered risqu?. The opera was rarely performed, and when it did appear it was presented in one of several bowdlerised libretti.

After World War II, it regained its place in the standard operatic repertoire. It is frequently performed and appears as number fifteen on Opera America's list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America[1].

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