from Act II, Scene I of the Italian opera Così fan tutte
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
, the serving maid of Dorabella and Fiordiligi
Voice Part: soprano Fach: soubrette
Setting: the dressing room of Dorabella and Fiordiligi
Synopsis: After encouraging the sisters to have the Albanians back to their house, Despina sings this aria, saying that a girl of fifteen should know how to flirt successfully. She should be able to lead on any man and lie when needed.