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Così Fan Tutte

Così Fan Tutte

Conductor: Philippe Jordan

Director: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Cast: Jacquelyn Wagner | Michele Losier | Frédéric Antoun | Philippe Sly | Paulo Szot | Ginger Costa-Jackson

Number of acts: Opera in two acts

Total running time: 3 h 28 min


Prompted by Don Alfonso, a cynical old philosopher, two young idealists decide to put their lovers’ fidelity to the test. But love will teach them a bitter lesson: those who believe themselves phoenixes and goddesses will discover the desires of the flesh…

In 1790, one year after the French Revolution, in what would be their final collaboration, Mozart and Da Ponte conduct a scientific investigation of love. The music of Così fan tutte is truly extraordinary – complex in its symmetry, jovial and yet infused with an almost sacred melancholia. An extraordinary score where each note seems intended to make us accept a loss – lost paradise, lost youth, or a lost loved-one – and portray a world where all is in a constant state of flux. This laboratory of eroticism could but inspire choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who excels in revealing a work’s innermost geometry on stage. With six singers doubled by six dancers, she depicts the desire which unites and separates human beings, like the interactions between atoms that, once broken, make new bonds possible.

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Earlier Event: July 11
Così Fan Tutte
Later Event: August 2
Weekly Documentary Series: TOMORROW