Music by W.A. Mozart | Sung in Italian with English supertitles
A sophisticated comedy about the naiveté of love, and considered to be one of Mozart’s most “controversial” operas.
In a cafe, Ferrando and Guglielmo express certainty that their fiancées will be eternally faithful. Don Alfonso expresses skepticism and claims that there is no such thing as a faithful woman. He lays a wager with the two men, claiming he can prove in a day's time that those two, like all women, are fickle.
Alfonso delivers the bad news to the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi: the men have been called off to war. Ferrando and Guglielmo arrive, brokenhearted, and bid farewell to their loves. Despina, the maid, mocks the mourning sisters, advising them to take new lovers while their beloveds are away.
The two men then arrive in disguise. The sisters are alarmed by the presence of strange men in their home. The men tell the sisters that they are led by love. The sisters refuse to give in, despite the men trying ridiculous tactics to win their affections.
Despina urges the sisters to succumb to the exotic strangers. Dorabella confesses to Fiordiligi that she is tempted, and the two agree that a mere and innocent flirtation will help them to pass the time waiting for their lovers to return. The sisters pair off with the man of their choice, which is the opposite of what the men planned. Guglielmo woos Dorabella. Ferrando is less successful with Fiordiligi and becomes enraged when he later finds out that Guglielmo was successful with Dorabella. Dorabella admits her indiscretion to Fiordiligi. The latter decides to go to the front and find her fiancé. Before she can leave, though, Ferrando arrives and seduces her. Guglielmo is distraught.
The double wedding is set for the sisters and their foreign grooms. Despina, disguised as a notary, presents the marriage contract. Directly thereafter, military music is heard in the distance, indicating the return of the officers. The men hurry off to hide and return in their own clothes. Alfonso drops the marriage contract in front of them, and, when they read it, they pretend to be enraged. After the sisters apologize, the men reveal that they were in disguise as the foreigners to test their fidelity. The sisters realize they have been duped. All is seemingly forgiven.
CAST & CREW
* Minnesota Local/Native | ~Mill City Summer Opera Debut
Director of Production
Wig & Makeup Designer
Head of Music