EVENT – A Note on Opera: “Così fan tutte”
Our monthly opera lecture is back and you need to get your name on the list! It’s a chance for those interested in opera to get a deeper look into the music and the different aspects that contribute to the making the opera what it is. During this lecture, we’ll be looking at Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.”
“If intolerable alternatives are to be avoided, life must achieve various types of uneasy equilibriums.”
So wrote philosopher Isaiah Berlin. Not specifically in relation to Mozart’s most problematic opera, “Così fan tutte,” but it could have been. While “Così fan tutte” translates as “Thus do all women,” its story of mate-swapping doesn’t single out women specifically as being solely the unfaithful ones; Mozart and da Ponte make it clear that the men are just as culpable.
“Così” is Mozart’s most intimate opera, with a cast of only 6 singers. This opera has always been a problem for audiences to digest, particularly in a world prizing moral absolutes. Later composers and librettists would have had the protagonists choose honor above all else, with the requisite body count at the opera’s conclusion. But Mozart and da Ponte rather point their audience toward a conclusion where, though their illusions have been shattered, “Così’s” older-but-wiser protagonists see each other more fully, as more flawed but also as more human. And in so doing, they choose to be “happy” rather than choosing to be “right.”
This lecture will be taught in English by Mr. David Kerr, no prior musical knowledge is required and all materials will be provided.
Ready to sign up? Here’s what you need to know:
When: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Members: $10.00, Non-Members: $20.00
We look forward to seeing you there!
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