22ND SEPTEMBER - 19TH OCTOBER 2016
Design by Ben Baur
All Scene All Props spent most of the Summer building COSI FAN TUTTE for the Autumn season at the Royal Opera House.
'[Ben Baur's design] has located the action in a long series of deliberately stagey sets - a theatical foyer, a railway station, a cocktail bar, the Garden of Eden, a backstage area - where the young lovers are put through their trails and trbulations by (Johannes Martin Kranzle's) precise Don Alfonso, aided and abetted by (Sabina Puertolas') personality-girl Despina.' - George Hall, The Guardian.
Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast of young and up-and-coming talent including American soprano Corinne Winters in a new production of COSI FAN TUTTE, Mozart and Da Ponte's opera on the nature of love.
German director Jan Philipp Gloger makes his Royal Opera debut with this new production of COSI FAN TUTTE, following such previous credits as Der fliegende Hollander for the Bayreuth Festival and Der Rosenkavalier for the Dutch National Opera. He and his team of regular collaborators take their inspiration from Mozart and Da Ponte's alternative title for the opera: 'The School for Lovers'.
Don Alfonso, a mischievous theatrical impresario, leads the young lovers on a journey through their emotions, using all the resources of his theatre in a quest to prove to them that, in Gloger's words, 'love is not a God-given thing, but something that we have to fight for, find, define, create and dream newly, almost every day.'
COSI FAN TUTTE will run at the Royal Opera House from Thursday 22nd September until Wednesday 19th October 2016. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
The Stage: 5 stars *****
'A compelling concept aligns with sparkling comedy in an endelessly revealing examination of love.'
The Guardian: 4 stars ****
'Artifice is the key to Jan Philipp Gloger's stagey production of Mozart's comic opera, lucidly realised by conductor Semyon Bychkov and a committed team.'
Evening Standard: 4 stars ****
'A potent and unsettling production that makes a point. This production makes an old point in an ingenious way.'
Independent: 4 stars ****
'A genuine if underfocused inquiry into the nature of love.'
WhatsOnStage: 3 stars ***
The Telegraph: 3 stars ***
The Times: 3 stars ***
The Makropolus CaseOpera North
ToscaGrange Park Opera
Vert VertGarsington Opera
Cosi Fan TutteRoyal Opera House
AnastasiaThe Royal Ballet / ROH