This comedic story of romantic deception was long seen as immoral and scandalous. It was not until the end of the 19th century that was staged in its original and full form. This volume includes the full libretto in Italian and English, a synopsis, and historical background information. It has attracted some of the greatest met singers and many are pictured in the archival photos within.
For a long time, Cosi fan tutte was considered scandalous - which is not entirely surprising, if you look at its story. After seeing their fiances, Guglielmo and Ferrando, go off to war, two sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, all too rapidly overcome their grief and agree to marry two attractive strangers within the space of just a couple days. Little do the sisters know that the strangers are in fact those same fiances in disguise! The whole thing is a plot masterminded by a cynical old philosopher, Don Alfonso, and a clever maid, Despina. Scandalous or not, Cosi fan tutte has remained one of opera's most contemporary comedies.