Cosi fan tutte from the Royal Opera House, London
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Cosi fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

230 min, 2 intermissions

Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock
Director: Jonathan Miller
Set design: Jonathan Miller, Tim Blazdell, Andrew Jameson, Colin Maxwell, Catherine Smith, Anthony Waterman
Costume designer: Giorgio Armani
Lighting design: Jonathan Miller, John Charlton
Cast
Ferrando: Pavol Breslik
Guglielmo: Stéphane Degout
Don Alfonso: Thomas Allen
Fiordiligi: Maria Bengtsson
Dorabella: Jurgita Adamonyte
Despina: Rebecca Evans

“…a compelling piece of music theatre.” — The Guardian

“…Jonathan Miller’s modern-dress Così… is a classic.” –The Times

Don Alfonso, a confirmed bachelor, makes a bet on women’s fidelity with Ferrando and Guglielmo, two engaged young military officers. If they agree to give him one day and do everything he asks, Alfonso will prove that their fiancées, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are fickle and unfaithful like all other women. The girls are told that their men have been ordered to the front line, and are encouraged by Despina, their chambermaid, to find new lovers. Despina introduces them to two Albanian men (Ferrando and Guglielmo in disguise) and the men proceed to passionately woo the other’s betrothed. At first the girls spurn their advances, but many twists and turns later, they fall for their new admirers and actually marry them. In the end, the girls realize they’ve been duped, but all is forgiven as the men and women alike accept the capriciousness of human nature.

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