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  • Actors: Miah Persson, Luca Pisaroni, Topi Lehtipuu, Anke Vondung, Nicolas Rivenq
  • Directors: Nicholas Hytner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NIWI9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Topi Lehtipuu, Luca Pisaroni, Nicolas Rivenq, Miah Persson, Anke Vondung, and Ainhoa Garmendia star in this Glyndebourne production of the Mozart opera conducted by Ivan Fischer.

Review

Simply put, this widely praised Glyndebourne production is the Così we've been waiting for. Yes, there are plenty of alternatives. But little of the video competition has fared well on these pages. Sometimes the problems stem from the musical performance: the Pritchard-led Glyndebourne predecessor was dismissed as "largely routine" by David Kirk (29:5); the Östman was ruled out of court by Barry Brenesal, who said that the "conducting belonged to the then-new movement that found only three tempos in Mozart operas: fast, faster, fast forward" (30:4). Others were panned because of inadequate production values: Chereau's "takes itself far too seriously," according to Brian Robins (30:3); Bob Rose was less charitable still with Hermanns' "simply rotten" production that, he said, "reveals the producers' lack of understanding Mozart's genius" (30:6). Only Muti's Vienna production (Brenesal 32:3) and Harnoncourt's from Zurich (Christopher Williams, 30:1) received passing grades.

So what makes this performance stand out? First, the singing of the young cast is uniformly excellent. Or perhaps not quite uniformly: as is the case with her new Susanna in Pappano's Figaro, Miah Persson is even better than excellent, combining a gorgeous, flexible, and stunningly controlled voice (even in the most challenging coloratura passages) with her by-now familiar depth of dramatic insight. Just listen to (and watch) the solid scorn on "Come scoglio"--or, even better, the subtle variations in mood in her wrenching account of "Per pietà"--and you'll understand why she's my favorite Mozart soprano these days.

But the rest of the cast is nearly as good. Anke Vondung holds her own as Dorabella (certainly, a less rich part), and their voices blend extremely well. Topi Lehtipuu and Luca Pisaroni capture the emotional wobbles of the two self-deluded lovers--their ardor, their ungrounded confidence, their fury--with unerring security and luxurious tone. More than most performances, too, this one reveals a key social dynamic: the deception works in part because they're so much sexier when their costumes allow them to abandon the constraining propriety imposed by the social conventions that normally govern their behavior. Ainhoa Garmendia is a pert, disdainful Despina who doesn't over-camp the impersonations; and running the show tactfully is Nicholas Rivenq. An unusually attractive Don Alfonso, he's younger and far more fit than most in this role (he looks as if he just came off the racquet-ball court), and he seems an intellectual without a trace of pedantry; you can really believe that he wants to educate these two naive friends. Iván Fischer conducts with more romantic flexibility than you often get with period-instrument orchestras--and balance (both among the singers and between stage and pit) is finely calibrated. Purely as an audio version, this would stand up to any I've heard.

Fortunately, Nicholas Hytner's production is equally impressive--hardly a false step from beginning to end. In general, this staging takes the opera--arguably, Mozart's most intellectually challenging--seriously. But the seriousness does not bring solemnity. Hytner may avoid extreme farce, but there's plenty of wit, energy, and color throughout. More important, he doesn't condescend to the characters: you can understand both why they're so foolish and why they're so torn, and the final shots (where the resolution is clearly only partial) create tremendous poignance. The sets and costumes--simple but far from austere--suggest the late 18th or early 19th century, without creating a very specific moment; and while the production doesn't ostentatiously update the action, it stresses those aspects of character and situation that still ring true today. One point highlighted here is the bond between the sisters--indeed, one could argue that it's really Dorabella who seduces Fiordiligi; and while there is nothing louche or tasteless in the presentation of their relationship, it's obvious that they have a strong erotic link. Not that there's any lack of heterosexual electricity--as a result, the final scene, where nearly every possible pairing seems highly charged, is as smoldering as any you'll see. Yet aside from one or two moments, the sex is handled with tact: the performance is hardly prudish, but it's never aggressive either.

The Blu-ray video quality is stunning: you can see each leaf on the salads that our heroines are eating in act I. The 5.0 channel PCM is excellent as well. And while the extras are nothing special, both the conductor and the director offer intelligent insights into the opera. Two numbers are omitted, No. 7 (the duet "Al fato dan legge") and No. 24 (Ferrando's "Ah, io veggio"), but that's a minor issue. All in all, if this doesn't make it to my next Want List, we've got quite a year in store for us. -- Fanfare, Peter J. Rabinowitz, Jan-Feb 2010

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P.S. I can only imagine what the Blu-ray sounds like, as the DVD sound quality is excellent, and gives the option for stereo or DTS surround sound.
Reviewer Fantastique
Her acting however is wonderful and works well in ensembles.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Silverstone on December 24, 2007
I picked up this dvd several months ago and it quickly became my favourite dvd of my favourite opera. There is so much that has to be considered for the wonderful balance that Mozart created here. From the all important ensembles down to the solo numbers everthing here works beautifully, sung by and appropriately youthfull cast and staged by Glyndebourne with a refreshing faithfullness to Mozart and DaPonte.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By T. C. on June 10, 2007
For my taste, Glyndebourne 2006 new production of Cosi fan tutte is the best DVD version for this opera. Ivan Fisher is an excellent Mozartian, and the young and good-looking cast sings and acts with a lot of enthusiasm. The best singers are the wonderful Swedish Miah Persson as Fiordiligi, and the Italian baritone Luca Pisaroni as Guglielmo. Highly recommended!!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Karen Henriksen on April 22, 2008
Despite going to the opera for the first time when I was 7, it's taken me more than 20 years to really appreciate the artform and I've recently begun collecting DVDs. This production was the first Così I ever heard or saw and - having seen a few more since then - will likely be the last. If I lost my mind and decided to watch it with the sound muted, I'd still be thoroughly entertained - the comic and dramatic talents of the players here is unsurpassable! I'm particularly fond of Anke Vondung's ditzy Dorabella, but everyone is amazing. I must say that the setting and costumes (no turbans, thank God!) adds to the already potent mixture. The clear and crisp sound of Fischer's well-conducted period instruments is pure joy. The four principal singers all do marvellous jobs and over the last few times I've watched the DVD, I've taken to counting the number of times you see any of them looking at the conductor... It may 'just' be fantastic video-editing (which is the case, no matter what), but the few and very discrete times I've caught them looking at Fischer can be counted on one hand - alltogether. Aside from indicating that the production is thoroughly rehearsed, it does wonders for keeping up the 4th wall between performers and audience. Allround brilliant DVD!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2007
You won't regret purchasing this DVD of Cosi Fan Tutte. It ranks with the very best Cosi on DVD, the Gardiner with Amanda Roocroft, Rosa Mannion, Rodney Gilfry, Rainer Trost, Eirian James from Deutsche Grammophon. I didn't think that one could be matched but this one does it. Indeed, the acting is even slightly better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Espinosa Ihnen on July 10, 2009
This DVD is my favorite "Cosí" from now on, and my old Harnoncourt-Bartoli-Baltsa-Zurich set has become my "other" one. Why is this? Are the singers, or the orchestra, or the conductor much better in the new version? No, I can't say that. Though she's a wonderful singer, beautiful Miah Persson can't deliver the demoniac "Come scoglio" as Cecilia Bartoli masterly does (who can?). And Topi Lehtipuu is not vocally superior to the ardent, italian lyric tenor of Roberto Sacca, and conductor Ivan Fisher does not a clearly better job than Maestro Harnoncourt, and so on, but...

But perfect music rendering is not everything in an opera DVD, and this Glyndebourne "Cosi" has an evident advantage over the Zurich set: visual offering. And I don't mean just the static scenery, but the dramatic flow also. Sets, costumes and lighting tell us that young ladies Fiordiligi and Dorabella live under the blue skies of Ferrara, in a nice house with a nice garden, and plenty of flowers. By some strange reason, these were forbidden issues at the Zurich stage (?). And, perhaps the main strenght of this Glyndenbourne DVD (over many others, not only the Zurich's) is Stage Director Nicholas Hytner, who does a magnificent job with his young singing-artists, driving the plot much closer to the standard of a good stage play than that of an opera.

So I'm joining most other reviewers and I strongly recommend this DVD, as one of the best filmed and well balanced (music and drama) opera productions on the market.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Satish Kamath on September 5, 2010
I have been familiar with Cosi ever since I can remember. From an aria or two on my dad's 78RPM records to the beautiful Otto Klemperer recording on vinyl and later on to many VHS tapes and then the Gardiner version, although good, started appearing a little jaded thanks to average acting and dramatization.
So when I felt I should have a fresh new DVD (sans Eurotrash), I thought I would look up the views of the reviewing proletariat - and thought I would risk buying this one.

THANKS GUYS.... Whatever you have stated in all the previous 15 reviews to this is almost absolutely correct. This is the nearest thing that is akin to an un-putdownable book that I have seen. I did not even leave my seat for a snack or a leak... So fresh, and so vibrant in acting and absolutely precise sublime singing and interpretation. I think I will measure any other Cosi by the standard set by this one.

Not just period costumes, but sets that are minimal, but bright (and not jungle-jims or abstract pillars and stuff that do not distract,) and bring out the essence of the interpretation. I am also overjoyed that it has been performed by artistes thus far not known to me... maybe they are doing well these days, must look that up now.

I would unhesitatingly recommend this DVD to anyone irrespective of whether it is the first ever DVD of Cosi or even if one has all the other recordings of it.
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