Romantic Reversal: Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'


THE HIT SINGLE:  "May the breeze be gentle"

This soothing, Act One trio may be the opera's single, most popular number. Singing 'Soave sia il vento,' Don Alfonso (bass Rod Gilfry) joins Fiordiligi and Dorabella (soprano Lenneke Ruiten and mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey) in wishing the two young men well as they -- supposedly -- leave for war. Whether Alfonso's blatant insincerity makes the number more poignant, or less, is for the listener to decide.


THE B SIDE:  "In the Embraces"

Later in Act Two, Fiordiligi imagines herself in the arms of a lover -- but which one? When she's joined by the impassioned Ferrando (tenor Joël Prieto) in the duet 'Fra gli amplessi,' her willpower falters, and then breaks -- while Guglielmo listens, heartbroken.