This site uses cookies to personalize the user experience. Configure

Così fan tutte

Conductor: Oleg Caetani

Spettacolo terminato


Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Women are like that (or The School for Lovers)

opera buffa in two acts KV 588 to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
(from Metamorphoses by Ovidius and Trofonio's Cave by Giovanni Battista Casti)


Director Giorgio Ferrara
Set and costume designers Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo
Light designer Daniele Nannuzzi
Light collaborator Fiammetta Baldiserri
Revival Director Patrizia Frini



Artistic project Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi
A production by Fondazione Teatro Coccia di Novara in collaboration with Spoleto58 Festival dei 2Mondi



Characters & performers


Fiordiligi Karen Gardeazabal (20, 22, 26 e 28/IV)
dama ferrarese abitante in Napoli  Gioia Crepaldi (21 e 27/IV)
Dorabella Aya Wakizono (20, 22, 26 e 28/IV)
dama ferrarese e sorella di Fiordiligi  Chiara Tirotta (21 e 27/IV)
Guglielmo Vincenzo Nizzardo (20, 22, 26 e 28/IV)
ufficiale, amante di Fiordiligi Giuseppe Esposito (21 e 27/IV)
Ferrando Giovanni Sebastiano Sala (20, 22, 26 e 28/IV)
ufficiale, amante di Dorabella Ruzil Gatin (21 e 27/IV)
Despina, cameriera Giulia Della Peruta (20, 22 e 27/IV)
  Capucine Daumas (21, 26 e 28/IV)
Don Alfonso, vecchio filosofo Abramo Rosalen (20, 22, 26 e 28/IV)
  Alessio Cacciamani (21 e 27/IV)
  Coro di soldati, servitori, marinai, convitati alle nozze, popolo
  La scena si finge in Napoli



RUNNING TIME: about 3 hours

Act one: ab. 1 hr and 25 min.
Break: ab. 20 min.
Act two: ab. 1 hr and 15 min.







Scene I - Naples. Two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, engaged to the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi, are boasting with the philosopher Don Alfonso about their girlfriends’ virtues, in particular their loyalty. Alfonso, on the contrary, is very sceptical about women’s constancy in general and wants to bet some money to show that the two sisters, too, are just like the other women: weak and unable to resist at the temptations. The officers accept but, as a condition, they must follow Alfonso’s plan in detail and listen to the suggestions he gives; this way, he will prove that women’s loyalty is only a dream.

Scene II - The garden of the sisters’ house at the seaside. Dorabella and Fiordiligi are staring at their boyfriends’ portraits; they promise to rush out the marriage. Preceded by Alfonso, the officers arrive, in a very sad mood: they must go back to their battle camp as soon as possible, so they’re here to say goodbye. The farewell is heartbreaking and the girls are really annoyed: this seems a good reason for the boys to claim victory, but Alfonso replies that they must wait. A boat docks to the shore and the officers go on board; as they leave, the girls start crying and go back home, while Alfonso, who has planned this false leaving to put on trial the girls’ constancy, mocks at their behaviour.

Scene III - At home, in dispair, the sisters meet Despina, the girl at their service; hearing the reason for such pain, she advises her mistresses not to worry but to take it philosophically: the officers, as any other man, won’t fail in amusing themselves. Despina’s words shock the girls but not Alfonso, who needs a good ally to develop his plan; so, promising a gift, he gains Despina’s help. Two Albanian men arrive (they’re Ferrando and Guglielmo disguised) claiming of being in love with Fiordiligi and Dorabella; but, to the men’s kind words, the girls reply with anger and disdain. When the girls leave, Ferrando and Guglielmo are even more satisfied and show their joy to Alfonso, who is not satisfied yet and wants to continue the joke. He calls Despina and tells her to convince her mistresses to accept the rich men’s court.

Scene IV - In the garden. Fiordiligi and Dorabella are complaining about their fate when the two Albanians arrive, pretending of having poisoned themselves for having been rejected and fall on the ground. The girls are at first doubtful, then, moved to compassion, reach the men and ask Despina to call a doctor. Disguised as a doctor, Despina herself appears and, with a magic stone, succeeds in healing the men, who fall at the girls’ feet and claim again their love. The girls firmly refuse.



Scene I - Following Don Alfonso’s plan, Despina pushes her mistresses to accept the Albanians’ court. And now both Fiordiligi and Dorabella are not so sure about their feelings anymore and try to convince each other that it wouldn’t unseemly to show themselves kind with the suitors. At last, they decide to chose the partner: Fiordiligi prefers Ferrando, while Dorabella is more attracted by Guglielmo.

Scene II - Meanwhile the young men, still disguised, arrive with Don Alfonso and meet the girls. At first, there’s a certain embarrassment, then, the two couples decide to separate and the passionate Dorabella offers Guglielmo her boyfriend’s portrait in exchange of a medallion. Fiordiligi seems less incline to Ferrando’s attentions. When the two friends meet again, they exchange their impressions: Guglielmo is happy but regrets about having to tell Ferrando about his girlfriend’s inconstancy.

Scene III - Fiordiligi, even though she is attracted by the Albanian knight, wants to be loyal to her boyfriend. She decides to reach him at the camp. As she is wearing an officer cloak, not to be recognized, is seen by Ferrando, who, at last, makes the girl give up. Now, Guglielmo complains about his girlfriend; but Alfonso is there, ready to draw a moral from the latest events he himself has caused, to prove that his thesis is right: it’s useless to despair and menace revenge, since every woman is like the others and the only thing to do is to accept them just the way they are.

Scene IV - Fiordiligi and Dorabella are even inclined towards marrying the rich suitors and the two couples are ready for the wedding feast. A notary arrives to draw the contract: it’s Despina, disguised again as a man. A roll is heard: Alfonso, pretending of being agitated, enters to announce the officers’ return. The girls, upset, hides the Albanians in a room. Ferrando and Guglielmo enter and pretends of being surprised in finding the girls silent and troubled instead of happy for their return. They find the contract, show great disdain for the betrayal and, with drawn swords, go straight in the room to punish their rivals. They soon come out, disguised as Albanians, throwing in the girls’ face their frivolity and infidelity. The two girls are confused but, in the end, Don Alfonso restores peace and serenity among the young lovers.