11 October 2016 at 3.01pm | 4 Comments
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The cinema relay will be presented by TV and radio broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill.
Ferrando loves Dorabella and Guglielmo loves Fiordiligi – but their friend Don Alfonso is sceptical. He offers the young men a bet: given the opportunity, their loves will prove unfaithful in less than a day. Fiordiligi and Dorabella are devastated to learn their fiancés are leaving to 'go to war', but are soon confronted with two handsome strangers (Ferrando and Guglielmo in disguise) who are looking to seduce them, in increasingly extreme scenarios – and with potentially relationship-ruining consequences.
Così is the third and final collaboration between one of opera's greatest composer-librettist partnerships: Mozart and Da Ponte. While its credentials were promising, the opera's reception was far from positive following its 1790 premiere.
After a rocky start, the opera is now accepted as one of Mozart’s masterpieces, no doubt due to an almost continuous stream of musical favourites throughout, including the terzetto ‘Soave sia il vento’ and the arias ‘Come scoglio’, ‘Tradito, schernito’ and ‘È amore un ladroncello’.
German director Jan Philipp Gloger makes his Royal Opera debut with this new production of Così fan tutte, taking their inspiration from Mozart and Da Ponte’s alternative title for the opera: ‘The School for Lovers’.
Set in a theatre and playing on the blurring of acting and reality, Don Alfonso takes the lovers ‘on a theatrical, emotional journey’, where they, and the audience, learn important lessons about themselves and their relationships.
Conducted by Semyon Bychkov, the cinema relay boasts a cast of up-and-coming stars: American soprano Corinne Winters as Fiordiligi, American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower as Dorabella, German tenor Daniel Behle as Ferrando and Italian baritone Alessio Arduini as Guglielmo.
Così opened on 22 September 2016. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.
After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHcosi.
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