Mar 27, 2008
From BYJ Classics / Hero "Così fan tutte"
BYJ on Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791):
From the opera
Così fan tutte, K.588 – Act I “Un’aura amorosa” (A Loving Breath)
Hans Peter Blochwitz (tenor)
James Levine (conductor)
Mozart depicted the various personalities and desires of man – at times he ridiculed them in a comic manner and ultimately raised it to the level of art. Although the libretto of this opera is not written by Mozart himself, what gave life to the characters and created the drama is definitely his music. If I had a career as an opera singer, I would no doubt perform in his works, and would have been moved by the experience. The title “women are like that (così fan tutte)” (I beg your pardon me if it seems like I am teasing you ladies) in fact depicts the truth that although human beings regardless of sex yield to small temptations at times, that is the very reason life is joyous, and we come to think about various matters through these experiences. Every aria is rich in nuance, each word too fascinating to be overlooked.