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Così fan tutte (2016)

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Running time: About 3 hours 35 minutes, including one interval

Così fan tutte (2016)

Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast of young, up-and-coming talent including American soprano Corinne Winters in a new production of Mozart’s opera on the nature of love.

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The story

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. Confident of their girlfriends’ fidelity, Ferrando and Guglielmo accept.

The men pretend to be called away to war, only to return in disguise: each begins to woo the other’s lover. It quickly becomes clear that the feelings of all four lovers are much more complicated than any of them had thought. Don Alfonso watches on as the young men and women graduate through his school for lovers.

Background

Così fan tutte was Mozart’s third and final collaboration with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, following Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. Like its predecessors, Così exemplifies the heights opera can reach when the skills of composer and librettist are perfectly matched. But Così’s reception has always been more complex than that of the other Mozart/Da Ponte operas, with the opera variously considered immoral, unfinished, cruel or simply odd since its 1790 premiere. Now finally accepted as one of Mozart’s masterpieces, it is celebrated as much for its nuanced depiction of love as for its glorious music – a near continuous roll-call of favourites, 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, following such previous credits as Der fliegende Holländer for the Bayreuth Festival and Der Rosenkavalier for Dutch National Opera. He and his team of regular collaborators take their inspiration from Mozart and Da Ponte’s alternative title for the opera: ‘The School for Lovers’. Don Alfonso, a mischievous theatrical impresario, leads the young lovers on a journey through their emotions, using all the resources of his theatre in a quest to prove to them that, in Gloger’s words, ‘love is not a God-given thing, but something that we have to fight for, find, define, create and dream newly, almost every day’.

Credits

Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto
Lorenzo da Ponte
Director
Jan Philipp Gloger
Set designer
Ben Baur
Costume designer
Karin Jud
Lighting designer
Bernd Purkrabek
Dramaturg
Katharina John
Performed by
The Royal Opera

Performers

Conductor
Semyon Bychkov
Fiordiligi
Corinne Winters
Dorabella
Angela Brower
Ferrando
Daniel Behle
Guglielmo
Alessio Arduini
Don Alfonso
Johannes Martin Kränzle
Despina
Sabina Puértolas
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Peter Manning
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Così fan tutte Digital Programme

Così fan tutte Digital Programme
£2.99

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Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

To find out more visit the Così fan tutte (2016) production page.