Così Fan Tutteby Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
The libretto of Mozart's opera Così Fan Tutte can be found at http://rick.stanford.edu/opera/Mozart/CosiFanTutte/libretto.html
The Decca recording performed by the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Lisa della Casa, Christa Ludwig, Emmy Loose, Anton Dermota, Erich Kunz, and Paul Schoeffler, conducted by Karl Boehm, can be ordered from amazon.co.uk .
Karl Boehm conducts the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra and a delightful cast including Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Hanny Steffek, Alfredo Kraus, Giuseppe Taddei, and Walter Berry on EMI compact discs. Available from amazon.co.uk.
Harmonia Mundi's recording of Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE has the Concerto Köln (period instruments) conducted by René Jacobs, with a cast of Veronique Gens (Fiordiligi), Bernarda Fink (Dorabella), Werner Guera (Ferrando), Marcel Boone (Guglielmo), Pietro Spagnoli (Don Alfonso), and Graciela Oddone (Despina). Bernard Jacobson in FANFARE of July/August 1999 found that "it sounds . . . ravishing from start to finish." He went on to write, "As for the singers in the six solo parts, . . . I can only hail them as the nearest thing to an ideal cast." Brian Robins, writing of the recording in the same magazine, said, "I have found it endlessly fascinating, moving, joyful, and challenging in the extreme." Available from amazon.com
A recording with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Dame Felicity Lott, Marie McLaughlin, Nuccia Focile, Jerry Hadley, Alessandro Corbelli, and Gilles Cachemaille, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, is available from amazon.co.uk.
Another recording of COSI FAN TUTTE that has received praise stars Renee Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frank Lopardo, and Olaf Bär, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Available from amazon.com
Mozart - Cosi fan Tutte / Erin Wall, Elina Garanca, Barbara Bonney, Stephane Degout, Shawn Mathey, Ruggero Raimondi, Daniel Harding, Aix-en-Provence
Mozart - Cosi fan Tutte / Margaret Marshall, Ann Murray, Kathleen Battle, Francisco Araiza, James Morris, Sesto Bruscantini, Riccardo Muti, Salzburg
I love this performance. Good singers, good conductor, a very dramatic performance of an opera that can be boring in the wrong hands. Kathleen Battle is especially good as Despina.