MOZART: Cosi Fan Tutte
Royal Opera House
Fiordiligi – Corinne Winters
Dorabella – Angela Brower
Ferrando – Daniel Behle
Guglielmo – Alessio Arduini
Don Alfonso Johannes – Martin Kränzle
Despina – Sabina Puertolas
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Director – Jan Philipp Gloger
Conductor – Semyon Bychkov
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BBC Music Magazine, Opera Choice, June 2018 “Musically, it is an almost unqualified success…The settings and costumes are wildly miscellaneous…The singers, mainly young and comparatively unfamiliar, are all personable and have attractive voices…These characters take themselves seriously as they should, which makes Così a painfully serious operaNo performance of Cosi that I have seen conveys its message more clearly.”
London Evening Standard ‘‘Semyon Bychkov gives an enthralling lesson in Mozart from the outset.’’ (Evening Standard)
‘‘…this Così is potent and properly unsettling.’’
‘The school for lovers’, Mozart’s alternative title for Così fan tutte, is given a playful, theatrical treatment by German director Jan Philipp Gloger, who sets this new production for The Royal Opera in a theatre.
The four lovers are performed by a cast of young rising stars, with Sabina Puértolas as the fun-loving Despina and acclaimed German baritone and comic genius Johannes Martin Kränzle as the impresario Don Alfonso, who leads the lovers on a role-playing journey full of picturesque settings. Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in one of Mozart’s most beautiful scores, packed with wonderful arias and ensembles.
Extra features include an introduction to Così fan tutte; Ben Baur talks about the designs and a cast gallery.
Running time: 164 minutes
Sound format: LPCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround (DVD)
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