Comedic twists and turns provide fertile soil for the all-too-human passions that are triggered by a »test of fidelity«, resulting in a veritable mêlée of conflicting emotions. Ferrando and Guglielmo, firmly convinced of the undying love of their fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi, agree to take part in a bet with Don Alfonso, who intends to prove the infidelity of the two women. According to his instructions the two young men, while in disguise, succeed in wooing Dorabella and Fiordiligi, who, after initial resistance, unreservedly pledge themselves to the »wrong« husband-to-be. A potential solution to this thicket of emotions only appears at the very end of the piece. Emperor Joseph II is believed to have commissioned the opera, which received its premiered in Vienna in 1790. The libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and Mozart’s brilliant score serve to spellbind the audience, taking them on a journey from light comedy to high drama.
By means of an amusing masquerade the work brings to light passions which are at the very core of our existence; passions which none of the characters are able to resist.
Dramma giocoso in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performed in Italian with German surtitles
Running time 3 hours 10 minutes
Premiere 22 Mar 2014