An Italian opera buffa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first performed in Vienna in 1790.
The story begins with a wily cynic and philosopher, Don Alfonso, who determines to overturn the perfect, formulaic worlds of two young men, named Ferrando and Gugliemo. He bets them that their respective fiancées, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, would not stay faithful for a moment if put to the test. The challenge is accepted. Alfonso tells Fiordiligi and Dorabella that their lovers are leaving to ‘go to war’, and two handsome strangers (Ferrando and Gugliemo in disguise) arrive on a mission of seduction… As Don Alfonso with Despina’s help throws increasingly extreme situations at all four lovers, they begin to react emotionally and each character cannot help but reveal, and discover, who they really are. With certainty a distant memory, who knows how the story will end?
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