The popularity of Mozart’s comic opera Così Fan Tutte faded in the decades following its 1790 premiere. This happened because prudish Victorian mores prevailed over the free-living times of Englightenment Austria—and because the Hapsburg nobility found itself more concerned with holding its thrones than with amusing tales of cuckolding. Modern audiences are not so constrained and can appreciate the now-famliar story: Two Italian soldiers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, make a pact to seduce each others’ fiancées by disguising themselves as Albanians—apparently, all that takes is a fake mustache. The fidelity test goes awry when their facial hair proves irresistible to the lovelorn sisters; sexy high jinks ensue. Director Eric Einhorn will steer the production as it veers from farce to sappy romantic comedy over the course of its two acts.
The performance begins at 3 p.m. at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. $34–$68. (877) 965-3872.