Cosi fan Tutte (includes Come scoglio, Un'aura amorosa, Soave sia il vento)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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The second of Mozart's operas and it's climbed 17 places

For Mozart, Così fan tutte signalled an external expression of faith in him as a composer, at a time when he needed a boost. The one-time boy wonder had realised, from early on, that music generated further music. If he could have a piano concerto ready by the time he hit town, to play when he got there, he might very well impress enough people to get a commission for, perhaps, another piano concerto.

So it proved with the opera The Marriage of Figaro. It was down to a revival of Figaro that Mozart was commissioned to write Così in 1789, ready for a 1790 premiere, on the day after his birthday.

Inga Filippova-Williams and Wallis Giunta in the Royal Conservatory of Music's 2009 production. Photo by Nicola Betts.