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DON ALFONSO


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(Mozart: Così fan tutte). Bar./bass. A cynical bachelor who bets his two friends (Guglielmo and Ferrando) that, given the right conditions, all women will be unfaithful. They agree to allow him 24 hours in which to prove his theory. This he does with the assistance of their fiancées' maid and with the men's full co‐operation. He does win his bet, wreaking havoc on their relationships as his machinations bring together the ‘wrong’ pairs of lovers. Aria: Vorrei dir (‘I'd like to tell you’). Created (1790) by Francesco Bussani (whose wife created the maid, Despina). See also article by Sir Thomas Allen.

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