Subtitled "The School for Lovers", this opera was created as something of an allegory with the moral that one must not forget reason in matters of love, because those too freely guided by their passions may get hurt. This beautiful ensemble opera demands that all six soloists be able to perform in ensemble at the same high level. Director Damiano Michieletto is among the top young talents today, and anticipation is high to see how he utilizes the fine cast of singers assembled for this new production at the NNTT.
The officers Guglielmo and Ferrando are engaged to the beautiful sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, respectively. Persuaded by the wise old philosopher Don Alfonso, the two officers decide to test the fidelity of their sweethearts. They pretend that they have been ordered away by their regiment and bid the sisters a false farewell. Later, disguised as Albanians, the two men court Fiordiligi and Dorabella passionately. The two girls weaken little by little to the Albanians' various advances. First, Dorabella yields to her sister's fiancé Guglielmo, and finally, Fiordiligi also succumbs to Ferrando after much resistance. When a double wedding for the two new couples is being arranged, a military march suddenly signals the return of the army.