Mozart's Così fan tutte

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

(L-R) Philippe Sly, Christel Lötzsch, Ellie Dehn, Francesco Demuro and Susannah Biller in 'Cosi fan tutte' (L-R) Philippe Sly, Christel Lötzsch, Ellie Dehn, Francesco Demuro and Susannah Biller in 'Cosi fan tutte' (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

John Cox's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte, staged at San Francisco Opera last season, sets the action in the casino of a Mediterranean resort.

The basic outlines of the plot remain constant: the story of a cynical misogynist (Don Alfonso, played by Marco Vinco) who shows a pair of naive guys (Philippe Sly as Gugliemo and Francesco Demura as Ferrando) that their fiancees (Christel Lötzsch as Dorabella and Ellie Dehn as Fiordiligi) would betray them at the first opportunity.

The action mixes hilarious farce and poignant drama, all which conductor Nicola Luisotti leads from the podium. Watch a trailer below.

Cast:

Fiordiligi   Ellie Dehn
Dorabella   Christel Lötzsch
Despina   Heidi Stober
Ferrando   Francesco Demuro
Guglielmo   Philippe Sly
Don Alfonso   Marco Vinco

CONDUCTOR:  Nicola Luisotti
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Jose Maria Condemi
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

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Comments [2]

George Jochnowitz from New York, NY

After the switch takes place, the couples have found their true loves. The way they started out was all wrong. The bet taught them they hadn't been properly matched at the beginning of the opera.

http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/ReconsideringCosiFanTutte.html

Aug. 31 2013 04:08 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

What a surprise. No fascists. Some of recent productions have been real garbage. The Met did a Macbeth with what looked like Yugoslavs.
And Lady Macbeth did her mad scene walking oh chairs. Wonder who dreams up all this mess.The Masked Ball was a real cheapo production with what looked like office furniture. The Trovatore had one scene that looked like the loading dock at Home Depot. Today's opera is not a favorable look at women. Kind of deragatory.

Aug. 31 2013 11:37 AM

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