Così fan tutte (Metropolitan Opera)

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Peter Rose Thursday, 26 April 2018
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‘When you’re young, you believe everything,’ Jonas Kaufmann muses in Thomas Voigt’s biographical study, In Conversation with Jonas Kaufmann (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017). The German tenor, a frequent Ferrando at the start of his career, went on: ‘And now imagine: two couples who live next door to each other go off on holiday together and share everything. And at some stage the point comes when each of them wonders what it would be like to swap partners. Curiosity and fun turn to seriousness, leading in turn to conflict. No one wants to return to the original arrangement.’

Original arrangements are especially vulnerable in Mozart’s antepenultimate opera, Così fan tutte, his last of three with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte.

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Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Peter Rose is the Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review. His books include a family memoir, Rose Boys (2001), which won the National Biography Award in 2003. He has published two novels and six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (UWA Publishing, 2015).