Mozart's Così fan tutte
Benedict Andrews (stage director), Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) — With Louise Alder (Fiordiligi), Avery Amereau (Dorabella), Sebastian Kohlhepp (Ferrando)...
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Benedict Andrews — Stage director
Magda Willi — Set designer
Victoria Behr — Costume designer
Mark Van Denesse — Lighting
Katja Leclerc — Dramaturgy
Louise Alder — Fiordiligi
Avery Amereau — Dorabella
Konstantin Krimmel — Guilelmo
Così fan tutte is the final installment in one of the most fruitful and widely admired of artistic partnerships—the storied collaboration between Lorenzo Da Ponte, imperial poet in the Viennese court, and Mozart, the Salzburg-born genius whom Da Ponte called "that most celebrated father of harmony." The meeting of their talents resulted in three comic operas, all of which left an indelible mark on music history: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte.
Often misunderstood as less humorous than Figaro and less dramatic than Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte is perhaps more a music lover's opera than an opera lover's opera, owing in no small part to its undeniably sublime score. A sympathetic mise en scène of the complexity of human relationships stripped of sentimental excess, the work's true comedy comes from Mozart's playful mocking of the heightened, frivolous passions of opera seria—even as he crafted moments of fiery bravura, as in the arias of Fiordiligi, and moments of veritably Romantic beauty like the unforgettable trio Soave sia il vento.
In this new production by the Bayerische Staatsoper, directed by Benedict Andrews, the attention falls precisely on the outsized exuberance of the characters' feelings. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski directs the always impeccable Bavarian State Orchestra, while a dream cast brings out the beauty of Mozart's melodies and Da Ponte's libretto, including soprano Louise Alder in the coveted role of Fiordiligi.
Christian Gerhaher appears courtesy of Sony Classical, a label of Sony Music Entertainment.
Photo © Wilfried Hösl