Love In Wolfgang Amadeu's The Dispute

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is arguably the greatest composer of all time. Along with his many symphonies, he also wrote the music for operas. Even though The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni are his three most famous operas, Cosí fan Tutte is largely underrated. This opera is the story of two sets of lovers. Under the guidance of their old friend Don Alfonso, the two men decide to test their partners ' loyalty by pretending to go off to war and coming back disguised. Slowly, each man and the other 's lover begin to fall in love! At the end of the opera, the two reveal that they were they disguised men the entire time. The true conclusion though, is a heavy debate in the world of opera. Some argue that it ends in chaos and …show more content…
Of course, the answer to this question is opinionative, so I would disagree with both of them. In would direct this scene to be a pure half-and-half combination of forgiveness and confusion, very much like Marivaux 's The Dispute. The Dispute is a play about a test to see if man or woman commits adultery first. They proceed with this by raising two boys and two girls in complete isolation. Eventually, they let one couple see each other, separate them, and introduce each person to the other person of the opposite sex. In the end, there is one definite couple: Ègle and Mesrin, who met each other in the second introduction. The other two, Azor and Adine, seem to be together, but are more focused on their partner leaving them than the new person the pretend to love. In converting this to Cosí fan Tutte, I would replace Égle with Dorabella, Mesrin with Guglielmo, Azor with Ferrando, and Adine with Fiordiligi. After listening to her maid Despina, Dorabella willingly goes off with Gugluelmo. In the end, even after the big revelation, these two would remain together. Of course, this is immoral, because "man exists as a creature of nature, and nature itself is entirely amoral" (Till 248). These two forgive each other for pretending, but they realize that the love (or lust) they displayed for each other throughout Act II was stronger than the love they had for their original partners. They have this passionate love for each other, which is symbolized by the picture of Mt. Vesuvius in the background (Brown 17). As they sing the final lyrics of the libretto, they would be holding hands, smiling, and looking into each other 's eyes. The ending for Ferrando and Fiordiligi is not as happy. After the big revelation, these two cannot find the means to forgive and get back together. Their relationship was easily the most forced relationship out of the four. Don Alfonso, Despina, and Dorabella all push the two to get together. Ferrando is

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