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Cosi Fan Tutte - English National Opera

by SabSagall
Issue No. 2155

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte (All women behave that way) was first performed in 1790, the year after the French Revolution.

Don Alfonso, a misogynistic old cynic, tells his two friends that women are not to be trusted – including their fiancees, Fiordiligi and Dorabella.

He offers a wager and they accept his challenge.

Don Alfonso tells the women that their fiances have been called away on military service.

It is a test of the women’s fidelity, since the men reappear in disguise and proceed to woo them.

Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami uses filmed backdrops of Naples.

There are good singing performances all-round, especially from Susan Gritton as Fiordiligi.

Cosi Fan Tutte
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami and Elaine Tyler-Hall
English National Opera, central London, until 5 July

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Tue 9 Jun 2009, 18:52 BST
Issue No. 2155
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