Cosi fan tutte
Irish National Opera presents Mozart’s controversial comedy of the sexes in Così fan tutte. This musically delightful comedy with a plot so strange that 21st-century audience don’t always know whether to laugh or to rail against what most of us would regard as sexist tropes.
Two young men, Guglielmo and Ferrando, make a wager with an older man, Don Alfonso, that their fiancées, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, will remain faithful under any circumstances. But Don Alfonso controls the men’s actions with the help of a conniving maid, Despina, and the women are each won over by the other’s man.