from Act II, Scene III of the Italian opera Così fan tutte
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
Role: Don Alfonso
, an old philosopher
Voice Part: bass Fach: lyric bass|buffo basss
Setting: A room in Dorabella and Fiordiligi's house
Synopsis: After Fiordiligi gives into Ferrando's courtship, Alfonso soothes both of the soldiers, singing that women should not be held accountable for their actions for they are naturally flirtatious. Rather, it is the soldiers' own fault because they were not active enough in their original courtship of their fiancees.