"Britain's favorite baritone," Sir Thomas Allen, both directs and stars in this Pittsburgh Opera production of Cosi fan tutte, in which girls go wild and boys behave badly. This opera is so spicy and sublime it could have only been composed by Mozart, music's ultimate bad-boy genius. Ferrando and Guglielmo are two teenagers so confident of their sweethearts' fidelity (and their own magnetic personalities) that they decide to disguise themselves and attempt to seduce each other's fiancée. Their plan goes wildly awry when the women return the affections of their new suitors, throwing the men into a tizzy and giving rise to some of the finest arias ever written. Thanks to a racy plot written by librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte -- himself a debauched priest rumored to have lived in a brothel -- Cosi fan tutte was rarely performed in its entirety until after World War II. You won't want to miss this sublime operatic experience at the Benedum Center.
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage