Mozart's Cosí fan tutte

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ferrando and Guglielmo are two brothers engaged to two sisters, and each has unswerving faith in his fiancée. However, when they accept the cynical Don Alonso's wager to test the fidelity of their future wives, their confidence is challenged. This work includes some of Mozart's most lyrical opera music and entertaining wit.

This strongly theatrical production, directed by Nicholas Hytner and staged in LA by Ashley Dean, comes from the Glyndebourne Festival.

The cast includes soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

Cosí fan tutte (in Italian) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

CAST:
Fiordillgi   Aleksandra Kurzak
Dorabella   Ruxandra Donose
Ferrando   Saimir Pirgu
Guglieimo   Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Don Alfonso   Lorenzo Regazzo
Despina   Roxana Constantinescu

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Ashley Dean
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
  & CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gershon

Approx Length:  3 hours 30 minutes

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Comments [6]

concetta nardone from Nassau county

Marriage of Figaro has a very clever Susanna because it follows the play closely. Yes, I guess this was how some people would think at the time. Maybe I was too harsh. The music is glorious and the singing fine. Thanks for the poem Mr. Eisenberg. See, I can correct myself and am not always an opinionated ass.

Jul. 21 2012 04:06 PM
Debbie from New Jersey

I don't think this opera is necessarily derogatory to women. True, it's a product of it's time with some of the statements about women but I think Mozart had a subtle way of belying the meaning of these words; the men who say that women cannot be trusted for example, are in fact being incredibly duplicitous and frankly ridiculous in Cosi! So Mozart may actually have been subtly criticizing the men as well. And certainly in Don Giovanni there are some very fine female characters. In The Magic Flute, a woman is even admitted into the hall of wisdom, a place that only men would be entitled to enter. I think he was, in fact, ahead of his time. Keep in mind, that this was the 1700's - an entirely different mindset. And look how clever Susannah is in Figaro. No, I think Mozart actually had a high opinion of women. And--of course, the music is glorious!

Jul. 21 2012 03:11 PM
George Jochnowitz from New York

The opera says more than perhaps Mozart and DaPonte knew they were saying. After the men come back in disguise, all four of them discover their true loves. The way the conclusion of the opera should be done is with the tenor marrying the soprano and the baritone marrying the mezzo.
http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/ReconsideringCosiFanTutte.html

Jul. 21 2012 02:30 PM
Crazy saxist pig from Timbuktoo

Do not touch Mozart with your dirty politically correct feminist hands.

Jul. 21 2012 02:16 PM
Larry Eisenberg from new york city

Brilliant, irresistible score,
And very fine voices, what's more,
Mozart at his best,
Da Ponte did the rest,
It does make my old spirits soar!

Jul. 21 2012 02:13 PM
c nardone from Nassau county

This opera is very deragatory towards women. Same with Don Giovanni but I can forgive Giovanni. But not this one. I think Beethovan was not too keen on this opera and he was shocked at Giovanni. He had women on a pedastle(?)

Jul. 21 2012 01:15 PM

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