Mozart's Così fan tutte,
live in high definition from New York,
enjoyed by MARIA NOCKIN
Basilio, the Dancing Master in W A Mozart's 1786 opus, The Marriage of Figaro, said it first: 'Così fan tutte le belle' ('All beauties are like that'). As untrue as the statement is in real life, it has made for good theater ever since. Actually, both Boccaccio in The Decameron and Shakespeare in Cymbeline used the idea of exchanging fiancées. Recent research notes that Antonio Salieri started to set Lorenzo da Ponte's libretto but he left it unfinished...
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