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By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A handy, pocket-sized advisor to Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE such as the significant CHARACTERS within the opera, the tale SYNOPSIS, a narrative NARRATIVE WITH ONE-BAR song spotlight examples, and an essay offering historical past concerning the opera and its composer, research, and insightful remark.

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The 18th century Enlightenment thinkers placed their faith in rationality; in this story, its propagandist is Don Alfonso. But the Romantics who followed embraced irrationalism and rejected the Enlightenment’s cold calculations and rigid categories of philosophy, firmly denying their tidy, reasonable solutions for humanity. Romanticism considered the Enlightenment an arrogant pretense to universal truth, and their movement focused on the senses of freedom and feeling and eventually provided perhaps the greatest transformation of Western consciousness.

In the end, the message may be not to trivialize love or don’t do stupid things when in love. The 18th century Enlightenment thinkers placed their faith in rationality; in this story, its propagandist is Don Alfonso. But the Romantics who followed embraced irrationalism and rejected the Enlightenment’s cold calculations and rigid categories of philosophy, firmly denying their tidy, reasonable solutions for humanity. Romanticism considered the Enlightenment an arrogant pretense to universal truth, and their movement focused on the senses of freedom and feeling and eventually provided perhaps the greatest transformation of Western consciousness.

After all, the essence of the entire Enlightenment was that man act with reason rather than emotion. Così fan tutte should also be viewed as hyperbole: an exaggeration for effect that is not meant to be taken seriously. In da Ponte’s hands, it most assuredly has undertones – and overtones – of Enlightenment conflicts, ideology, and contradictions: those historic prejudices against women, their lack of power, the gender divide and the hypocrisies inherent in male attitudes to women. In the end, Così fan tutte may simple be a skeptical questioning of the Enlightenment, and in a certain sense, a bridge to 19th century Romanticism, and eventually, to 20th century feminism.

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