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.