Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
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the six principals are everything one could hope for, the stunning puppet-master Don Alfonso presented by Bo Skovhus is the performance I've been waiting for for more than 40 years; Patricia Petibon's Despina is very much working class with every on-stage reason to be contemptuous of her foolish employers, taking every opportunity to manipulate them into the inevitable love-games, and again hers is a performance which will stand the test of time for ages to come: the two sisters, the magnificent Miah Persson at her exquisite best as the would-be-hold-out tormented Fiordiligi and the relative newcomer Isabel Leonard as the more susceptible Dorabella are ravishing, musically and physically, and work wonderfully well with/off each other; the deflated braggadocio of the lovers is superbly handled, the supposedly-triumphant swaggering male assumptions at its foolish comedic best rapidly turns into genuine pain and bewilderment thanks to the wonderful interplay between Florian Boesch's Gugliemo and Topi Lehtpuu's Ferrando, again a pairing that could hardly be bettered
at the heart of this triumph lies the subtle direction of Claus Guth (yes, subtle, despite the occasional video lapses, one shockingly apt over the top moment for Despina perfectly understandable given the situation and...Read more ›
Looking at Guth's Mozart/Daponte trilogy as a whole, I think the point is that the spirit of Eros, manifested as the cherub/Cherubino in "Figaro" (and here as Don Alfonso), refuses to be satisfied with any existing relationship and pushes us to actions that inevitably have much more significant consequences than we anticipate. - Specifically, Cherubino grows up to be Don Giovanni, then dies but continues to exert influence as Don Alfonso. Guth's trilogy is a dark, but fascinating and sound, interpretation of all 3 of these operas that explores new facets of these well-known scores.
This time, not only the music and the voices are great; the setting is wide and uncluttered, but easy to turn into inside-outside, a living room, a pier, And the singers not only sing beautifully, but are delectable to watch. Especially Bo Skovhus as Don Alfonso, ; I could not take my eyes off him, even when he just listened to the others. Patricia Petibon plays a great Despina, in spite of a few "outré" short sequences, which, of course, one has come to expect of her. Miah Person as Fiordiligi, and Isabel Leonard as Dorabella have beautiful voices, and look great, and one feels for them.
And the "boys", Florian Boesch as Guigliemo and Topi Lehtipuu as Ferrando, are no less delectable.
What was great for me in this, was the end; I have always had my suspicions about how , after what had happened, the two couples were going to be able to go back to things as they were before. An here you see that suspicion in plain sight.
I strongly recommend this .
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The only problem I have with this production is the suicide attempt by Fiordiligi at the end of second act. I do not believe this is in the libretto. Read morePublished on August 24, 2014 by Wolfie1756
Here, from the 2009 Salzburg Festival, comes this chamber-sized version of the last of the three great operas that Mozart composed in collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da... Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Stephen McLeod
Cosi fan tutte is too often staged as a light romantic tale; this version thankfully takes the music seriously. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by MK
It is a beautiful rendition, but the DVD skips in one of the arias of Act 2, Everything else was finePublished on January 28, 2013 by Giorgio S. Boero
I find myself in only partial agreement with the earlier reviewers of the
Vienna Philharmonic version of "Cosi". Read more
Production has attractive cast, especially Miah Persson & Isabel Leonard ( who made spectacular debut in Romeo & Juliette w/the Tourterelle Aria). Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Damiron
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