The last of Mozart’s collaborations with the Italian librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, the story of two young men who disguise themselves in order to test their fiancées’ fidelity. "Da Ponte’s libretto is a marvel of witty, concise, and symmetrical dramatic construction - a standing rebuttal to those who believe that all opera librettos are fustian and second-rate stagecraft… In the music, all the conflicting strains of mockery and tenderness, of sincerity and inconstancy, are fully reconciled. Delicious in its parody, ravishing in its lyricism, Così holds laughter and sympathy in a perfect equilibrium that, in critic Joseph Kerman’s phrase, celebrates ‘the mystery of feeling itself.’” (N. Zaslaw and W. Cowdery, The Compleat Mozart: a guide to the musical works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1990), pp.64-65).
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