Opera national de Paris: Così fan tutte (NR) Release Date: July 13th, 2017
Runtime: 3 hr. 40 min.
Director: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Genres: Program
Starring: Philippe Jordan, Jacquelyn Wagner, Michele Losier, Frédéric Antoun
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. Opera in two acts Sung in Italian with English subtitles Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte From Opéra de Paris (Palais Garnier) Recorded February 16, 2017 Running Time: 3h 40min (including an intermission of 30 min) CREATIVE TEAM Conductor Philippe Jordan Staged by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Sets and lighting Jan Versweyveld Costumes designs Dries Van Noten Chorus Master Alessandro Di Stefano Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra de Paris ARTISTIC TEAM Singers Fiordiligi Jacquelyn Wagner Dorabella Michele Losier Ferrando Frédéric Antoun Guglielmo Philippe Sly Don Alfonso Paulo Szot Despina Ginger Costa-Jackson Dancers Fiordiligi Cynthia Loemij Dorabella Samantha van Wissen Guglielmo Michaël Pomero Ferrando Julien Monty Despina Marie Goudot Don Alfonso Boštjan Antončič