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A common idea about the opera is that it is the upper classes?culture. Many people imagine a scene of fat men and women singing in a loud voice with elegant clothes. Also I thought so. I thought highly of myself enjoying multifarious cultures and being interested in various activities in ordinary times.

But in opera, there were not many experiences but for viewing some creative works in a small scale in school days. The only opera singer I have known was Luciano Pavorotti(1935~). By the way I heard that department of music in the UOS is preparing an opera. Especially, the fact that performing a Cozi Fan Tutte, the traditional opera what is called ?asterpiece,?was very interesting.

The harmony with dramatic story, song and the setting
Opera means various things in Italian. That contains labor, result, work, play and organization. In English, it means ?ork.?The ?pera?in Italian and ?ork?in English do not have any musical meanings at the beginning.

However around the extent of the meanings, the closest is work. Generally, opera is translated as a lyric drama, and this means play with songs. Song is not the only element of the opera. All kinds of music including instrumental things also are. Still opera is different from operetta or musical in point of all the speeches are transmitted by songs.

Never play with a love again!

The Cozi Fan Tutte, which means ?ll the women are like that?was created by the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756~1791). The main story is blaming flighty love of noble women. But if you observe in detail, you can notice that not only the women but also the noble men who fell in love with them are blamed in the drama. This is more creative than any other products of Mozart, and the topic deals with the femininity, politics associated with sex, and the relationships of man and woman very aggressively.

Don Alfonso, the cynical single philosopher, says a woman? constancy as ?he phoenix in the Arabian desert.?This indicates the thing ?veryone says exist but no one has seen,?not the thing forever like a phoenix. He made a bet with young commissioned officers (Ferrando and Gulielmo) to prove that.

It was testing their fiancees (Dorabella and Fiordilligi)?constancy. Alfonso deceived them that men were summoned to the war, and had men disguise and tempt them. Finally agonizing women fell in love with disguised men, and this made their fiances rage.

According to one? writing, this product was censured by many people in former days because the story was female-discriminated and hardhearted as you see. So in nineteenth century, it was disregarded, revised and even deleted.

But it?l be the same in case that the object were men. What Mozart wanted to say in this opera was hallucination and a contradiction in the realities of life between relationships. The confusing condition of rationality and sensitivity they undergone in the products was nature of era at that time. Therefore, we cannot say this opera just as a female-discriminated product. On the contrary, it is the opera that females including Despina are in the center. Despina, the maidservant who has skeptical eyes with the noble womens?love, tells the women to amuse themselves.

Generally speaking, Cozi Fan Tutte is a romantic love story or a sex drama. However the subtitle of this product is ?chool of lovers.?We can easily guess that the teachers are Alfonso and Despina, and the students are men and women. In here the instruction is facing to all humans, not just men.

The subject matter is clear. That is you must not expect impossible things by daydreaming loves or misunderstanding it. In other words, the weakness of human cannot be denounced because it? the natural aspect of human beings. In a conclusion, Cozi Fan Tutte is a philosophical and enlightening product dealing with human nature, ?he weakness.?The source is generosity to the human. It is glorious because of Mozart? deep and extensive insight, not because it is interesting love story or comedy.

Straightforward for opera
Up to recent days, everyone said that opera is dead. However international opera boom, which started in 1970s again, became so popular that people cannot get ticket for that by 1980s. Of course it? only limited to Europe or northern America like Paris, Milano, Newyork, not in Korea.

Now it? becoming a normal scene waiting in a line from early morning to get tickets, no more just topic news.
I have considered opera particularly among music genre as a absolute area of genius musician, and highly far from myself. Besides, I had a pessimistic idea about opera for the reason that it is spoken by the means of luxurious and aristocratic culture. But after watching Cozi Fan Tutte, I found that my viewpoint was perfectly wrong.

I had a prejudice that music is separated from actuality in comparison to arts and literature. And yet it was the same expression for social experience, and also the way of communication that transmitted a common behavior as well as other art genres. There were unique outlines in each of the operas. It contained serious parts of subsistence like a truth of life and pure love or something, nevertheless it was comedy.

This made me to think opera worth watching because there were mixed beautiful songs despite all the good features. Everything with the story, stage setting, customs and above all fine music was well-matched together. Now I understand why people say an opera the composite art.

Now we need to disconnect the representation ?oo far to near by?or ?rt unintelligible?from opera. Opera honestly shows all stories of us living these days. For examples, love and jealousy, history and human, religion and life are such. Voice of human is really great stating as ?he most beautiful instruments.?You can enjoy opera with much more familiarity if you keep in mind the thing that most of operas deals with our daily life or feelings through our society.

Moreover, it?l be helpful to look through an opera in its community to understanding it more correctly. Approach the opera along with musical or technical comprehension in a position of people living their times and society. That will make you to love and amuse opera all the more.
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