Fagen Conducts ‘A Spectacular Funny Comedy’ in ‘Così’

Music Director Arthur Fagen discusses Mozart's third and final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte and why it's not as well-known as the other two.

conductor arthur fagen stands on grasping the rail of a podium with crystal chandelier behind him.

Photo: Indiana University

Maestro Arthur Fagen.

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Così fan tutte

An opera by W.A. Mozart with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte


IU Musical Arts Center

September 23, 24, 30 and October 1 @ 8pm.

Production website

IU Opera Theater’s production of Così fan tutte gives opera-loving audiences yet another opportunity to fall for the music of Mozart. But this time, it’s not with the image of a statue dragging a notorious rogue to hell or a wily servant and his less-than-faithful master.

Così is the last of three operas Mozart wrote with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte.  Mozart wrote 22 operas in all, so why should we single out these three?  Well, the other two are Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Don Giovanni, two of the most famous operas in all of the literature… from any time… period.

So why is it that we don’t hear about Così as much? The production’s Music Director Arthur Fagen gave us his reasons why the opera should be considered at least as worthy of the public’s affections as the other two.

David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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