Opera review: Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte
The trick for any director is to make us care for the four of them in the resulting love tangle that ensues.
Of all Mozart’s comedies Cosi Fan Tutte is the one that divides opera-goers. Some decry Lorenzo da Ponte’s libretto as cruel and misogynist. Others maintain that Mozart’s glorious music is anything but anti-women and that the soprano gets the best arias.
German director Jan Philipp Gloger, making his Covent Garden debut, emphasises the artifice of the opera by staging it as a series of theatrical set-pieces. This may slide round such questions as to why on earth the girls don’t see... read more
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