from Act I, Scene II 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 garden overlooking the Bay of Naples
Synopsis: Don Alfonso arrives to tell Fiordiligi and Dorabella terrible news. He tells them that their fiances, Guglielmo and Ferrando, have been called away on active duty. In reality, though, they have not. They are just playing a trick on their fiancees.