cosi.jpgThis is the first text that we will be studying this year, and many of you will have seen the film in step-up week last year. An important thing to remember, however, is that we are studying the text of the play rather than the movie, and there are some subtle differences, which if you have read the play and seen the film you should be able to pick up on.

The title of the play makes reference to the opera 'Cosi fan Tutte' and you can find some information in regards to the opera at the following link, I think that it is important to have an understanding of the opera and to make connections between it and Louis Nowra's play.

Written in 1790, one year before his death, Mozart's Così fan tutte sets a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. The full name of the work is Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti - "Women are all alike, or The School for Lovers". Contrary to popular belief, it is not exactly a comic opera, but is classified as a dramma giocoso ("jocular drama"), which has a tendency to mix characteristics of opera seria (serious opera) and opera buffa (comic opera). Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte are supreme examples of dramma giocoso.

The short version of the plot is this: two men test the fidelity of their fiancés (sisters) by disguising themselves as foreign suitors. The women not only fail, but each decides to marry the otherman, not their original beau. The test is revealed and they are forgiven; everyone lives happily every after.

Or do they? That is the question the opera does not answer.

In short the title of the opera and the action therein suggests that women will be unfaithful if given the opportunity, hopefully you are now starting to see a connection to the play 'Cosi'.

The play 'Cosi' explores several themes including love and fidelity, mental illness and what it means to be 'normal'.

Additional Resources for Cosi

The attached file below is from the Cambridge Website and includes an overview of the play along with some questions and practice prompts, definitely worth a look.

Here are the Power points that we have looked at in class, I have to admit that these were taken from another site, but are useful tools to help prepare for the SAC.