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Mozart: Così fan tutte Blu-ray (The Royal Opera)

 

  • ‘The school for lovers’, Mozart’s alternative title for Così fan tutte, is given a playful, theatrical treatment by German director Jan Philipp Gloger, who sets this new production for The Royal Opera in a theatre. The four lovers are performed by a cast of young rising stars, with Sabina Puértolas as the fun-loving Despina and acclaimed German baritone and comic genius Johannes Martin Kränzle as the impresario Don Alfonso, who leads the lovers on a role-playing journey full of picturesque settings. Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in one of Mozart’s most beautiful scores, packed with wonderful arias and ensembles.

    Also available on DVD and as part of a Blu-ray box-set

    Ferrando: Daniel Behle
    Guglielmo: Alessio Arduini
    Don Alfonso: Johannes Martin Kränzle
    Fiordiligi: Corinne Winters
    Dorabella: Angela Brower
    Despina: Sabina Puértolas

    Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Director: Jan Philipp Gloger
    Set Designer: Ben Baur
    Costume Designer: Karin Jud
    Lighting: Bernd Purkrabek

    Plus: Introduction to Così fan tutte; Ben Baur talks about the designs; Cast Gallery

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: LPCM 2.0, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
    Format: Blu-ray
    Region code: All Regions
    Running Time: 164 mins
    Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
    Year: 2016



  • "A symbiosis of exceptionally expressive, often sensuous conducting by Semyon Bychkov and an intelligent, thought-provoking production, this Così is potent and properly unsettling"
     The Evening Standard

    "Ensemble singing is strong; the standout is Daniel Behle’s gorgeous tenor as Ferrando. Above all, Semyon Bychkov’s impeccable balance and pacing in the pit allows it full space to blossom." The Independent

    "A compelling concept aligns with sparkling comedy in an endlessly revealing examination of love... This success is no doubt also down to a shining cast: Corinne Winters’s rich-toned Fiordiligi contrasts with Angela Brower’s lighter lyrical Dorabella; Daniel Behle fetchingly adopts gentle head-tone colouring in Un Aura Amorosa and Alessio Arduini is a virile Guglielmo. Sabina Puertolas exudes street-smart confidence as Despina and Johannes Martin Kranzle delights in his role as social architect." The Stage

    "Semyon Bychkov gives an enthralling lesson in Mozart from the outset. Conducting his first Mozart opera in 20 years, he has a style might be said to belong (in the best sense) to the old school. But, Bychkov draws glowingly warm playing, and the textures are lithe and lively. The score’s darker colours are all brought out in a performance that bristles with dramatic tensionThe Daily Telegraph