Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
COSI FAN TUTTE
Opera in two acts from the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1975
Sung in Italian
Helena Dose, Sylvia Lindenstrand, Daniele Perriers, Thomas Allen, Anson Austin, Frantz Petri
London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Pritchard
Stage Production by Adrian Slack
Directed for Television by Dave Heather
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle languages: GB, D, F, SP, IT
Running Time: 157 mins
Region Code: 0
101 081 (NTSC)
The morale of Mozart's dramma giocoso is clear: fidelity in women is like an Arabian phoenix; everybody says it exists, nobody knows where. Leaving this defamatory statement aside, Cosi fan tutte is Mozart's most beautiful ensemble opera ever written and a magnificent example of his wit at work.
The Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Cosi have a special relationship: by the middle of the 20th century performances of the opera had become relatively rare owing to its salaciousness, whereas in Glyndebourne Cosi became standard repertoire at a very early stage. In addition, the first audio recording of this opera was made at Glyndebourne (then conducted by Fritz Busch).
This engaging and witty production of 1975 has been singled out by many Mozart connoisseurs for its colourful set, fabulous costumes and abundance of humour in its character portrayals. With sterling performances from the likes of Helena Dose and Thomas Allen, and a carefully remastering, it is a highlight of Arthaus' new mid price label.