‘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 Puértolas 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.
What the press said:
‘‘Semyon Bychkov gives an enthralling lesson in Mozart from the outset.’’ (Evening Standard)
‘‘…this Così is potent and properly unsettling.’’ (The Evening Standard)
Running time: 164 minutes
Sound format: LPCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround (DVD)