Here’s the next edition in our trivia opera guide for novices and opera buffs alike. Cosi fan tutte is one of Mozart’s most well known and popular operas, but did you know…
1. Così fan tutte is rarely referred to in English, probably because it is tricky to translate! The complete title is Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti: “Thus do they all [women], or The School for Lovers” but is usually shortened to “Women are like that”.
2. Mozart’s life was in some ways similar to the story of Così fan tutte. Prior to marrying his wife Constanze, he was interested in her sister Aloysia!
3. It was discovered in 1994 that Mozart’s contemporary Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) had also attempted to set the libretto of Così fan tutte to music, but did not complete his work.
4. Così fan tutte was rarely performed throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries as the storyline was considered to be rather risqué.
5. Since 1784, Mozart had been a member of the Freemasons and wrote several cantatas for their ceremonies. It is rumoured that he may have been killed because his opera The Magic Flute revealed the society’s secrets.
Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte runs until 7 July at Opera Holland Park 2012.