Cosi fan tutte
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Two officers wager that their lovers would be faithful while they're away, and decide to test them. Faking a sudden departure to battle they return disguised to try and seduce each other's partners. The results quickly get out of hand.
30 January 2010
Back at Covent Garden for its sixth revival, Jonathan Miller’s Royal Opera/Teatro dell’Opera Rome co-production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s Così fan tutte here is perhaps most notable for the house debut of conductor Julia Jones, British but almost a stranger to these shores.
Like Jonathan Nott and Donald Runnicles, she has made her career away from these shores – like Nott particularly in Germany, but also Austria (where she has been a regular at the Vienna State Opera for ten years), Switzerland and now Portugal. So a wholehearted welcome to her and her spirited marshalling of Mozart’s last collaboration with Da Ponte, leading a particularly strong female ensemble in what is, in effect, an exquisite six-hander.
On stage it is Sally Matthews who steals the show with her extraordinarily observed Fiordiligi. While Miller’s men seem to be all-too-readily playing a game, Matthews is anguished at the amorous possibilities laid before...
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