with Leonetta Bentivoglio
and Lidia Bramani
Can eighteenth-century masterpieces illuminate our present by outlining a map of sentiments and eros still existent today? Across the trilogy of works created with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart well-demonstrated this is true. In the prodigious corpus of art and school of thought formed by the Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, the composer has prophetically proposed every aspect of love, dealing with issues such as violence against women, impulses towards infidelity, the trap those who "love too much" plummet into and the invincible bullying of Don Juanism. He visioned the possibility of being in love with more than one person simultaneously, the gusto of sex in the elderly, the legitimacy of generational differences in couples, the choice of being single avoiding emotional involvement, the possibility of a monogamous ecstasy which does not introduce a third party, the thrill of clandestine lovers insensitive to the dogma of transparency, the inclination towards bisexuality, and more, with boundless insight into the richness and "imperfection" that distinguishes the universe of love.
In the book E Susanna non vien Amore e sesso in Mozart, published by Feltrinelli, the two writers Leonetta Bentivoglio and Lidia Bramani explore the mechanism of that miraculous cosmos seen from a psychologically profound and very modern vision of love with its prismatic facets. In accordance with the Festival of Spoleto program, which in the last editions has welcomed stage performances of Mozart by Giorgio Ferrara, the authors of the book will meet the audience to talk about the gripping, emotional inquest indicated by the impressive, enlightened theatrical and musical project, relating it to the context of Austrian masonry and the biography of Mozart himself, as evidenced by his epistolary, his library and his acquaintances. The journey will be accompanied by short interludes of live music.