Doris Dorrie’s dazzling modern-dress production of W.A. Mozart’s classic about two young men who wager that their fiancees will be faithful even when tempted
In W.A. Mozart’s game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted. To prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves. “The music says it all. Mozart is cool.” So said the self-confessed “opera ignoramus” Doris Dörrie (Cherry Blossoms) before she grabbed hold of one of the sacred cows of the operatic repertoire and transformed it into a “hippie musical.” Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte (“Thus Do They All”) was first staged in Vienna in 1790; it is a timeless opera, one that in fact became increasingly popular in the twentieth century as accusations of its triviality were replaced by greater recognition of its depths. Mozart’s delight in juggling the comic and the serious is on full display here, and the opera’s adaptability is proof of its strength. Under the motto “To cheat on your partner or not, that is the question,” Dörrie stamped an originality on the work which impressed even the skeptical critics.
From Staatsoper Berlin
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin
In Italian with English Subtitles, 203 minutes (including 15 minute intermission)
Staring: Dorothea Röschmann as Fiordiligi, Katharina Kammerloher as Dorabella, Hanno Müller-Brachmann as Gugliemo, Werner Güra as Ferrando, Daniela Bruera as Despina, Roman Trekel as Don Alfonso
Directed for Stage by Doris Dörrie
Also playing Thursday, January 31 at 7pm