Cosi fan tutte

Grand Theatre, Leeds, again last night for Cosi Fan Tutte. Very well sung (as far as I can tell) and brilliantly staged inside a camera. (Under a microscope might have been better, although admittedly trickier.) But . . . I do have problems with Mozart’s plots. Cynicism I can accept, and even the fact that Don Alfonso is proved right in the end. But I am uneasy at the implicit harassment and the portrayal of women as prey. Think of The Marriage of Figaro. As for The Magic Flute – well, the music is bezaubernd schön, but why bow to the dreary mumbo jumbo of Sarastro over the thrilling Queen of the Night? Enlightenment my foot. It’s like choosing Pluto over Ceres.

  • Don Alfonso – William Dazeley
  • Fiordiligi – Maire Flavin
  • Despina – Ellie Laugharne
  • Gugliemo – Gavan Ring
  • Dorabella – Helen Sherman
  • Ferando – Nicholas Watts
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