“Women are all, and always, so.”
Così fan tutte – ‘women are all, and always, so’ – is Mozart and Da Ponte’s final comic masterpiece. Two young men are persuaded by a friend to test the virtue of their fiancées by means of a cruel deceit: they disguise themselves and then each attempts to seduce the other’s girlfriend. When the women succumb, virtue is crossed – perhaps even double-crossed. Love, lust and desire are played out in a world in which the boundaries between what is real and what is make-believe are blurred.
Against the erotic pulse of Mozart’s sublime music, the characters in Così fan tutte act out a game of love which entangles them far more deeply than they could have thought, or perhaps would be willing to admit. Once the deceit is unmasked, can their lives really go on as before?
Così fan tutte was first performed at the London Coliseum in May 2014.
Conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
Directed by Phelim McDermott
Set Designed by Tom Pye
Costume Designed by Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designed by Paule Constable
Translated by Jeremy Sams
Movement Directed by Rachel Lopez de la Nieta
Performed by Mary Bevan, Randall Bills, Marcus Farnsworth, Christine Rice, Kate Valentine, Roderick Williams.
Skills Ensemble: Leah Debrincat, Charlie Folorunsho, Erin Jameson, Lisset Jansen, Helmut Christian Kirchmeier, Karen Anderson Laird, Max Laird, Pasha Lodhi, Mike McCallum, Sally Reeve, Katey Scott, Marius Woszczycki.
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