Così fan tutte (Blu-ray) - The Royal Opera

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Così fan tutte (Blu-ray) - The Royal Opera
Composer(s):    Da Ponte, Lorenzo; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Artist(s):    WINTERS BROWER BEHLE ARDUNI KRANZLE PUERTOLAS ROYAL OPERA CHORUS ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE BYCHKOV

‘The school for lovers’, Mozart’s alternative title for Così fan tutte, is given a playful, theatrical treatment by German director Jan Philipp Gloger, who sets this new production for The Royal Opera in a theatre. The four lovers are performed by a cast of young rising stars, with Sabina Puertolas as the fun-loving Despina and acclaimed German baritone and comic genius Johannes Martin Kränzle as the impresario Don Alfonso, who leads the lovers on a role-playing journey full of picturesque settings. Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in one of Mozart’s most beautiful scores, packed with wonderful arias and ensembles.

`Ensemble singing is strong; the standout is Daniel Behle’s gorgeous tenor as Ferrando. Above all, Semyon Bychkov’s impeccable balance and pacing in the pit allows it full space to blossom.` (The Independent) `Semyon Bychkov gives an enthralling lesson in Mozart from the outset. Conducting his first Mozart opera in 20 years, he has a style might be said to belong (in the best sense) to the old school. But, Bychkov draws glowingly warm playing, and the textures are lithe and lively. The score’s darker colours are all brought out in a performance that bristles with dramatic tension.` (The Daily Telegraph)

 

History

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte

Mozart’s third and final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte premiered in 1790. For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, this comedy about testing the ties of young love was rarely seen on stage, its plot being considered “immoral.” Today it is among the most beloved operas in the repertoire.

 

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