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Opera

Homework, not theatre: WNO's Cosi fan tutte reviewed

9 March 2024

9:00 AM

9 March 2024

9:00 AM

Cosi fan tutte

Wales Millennium Centre, and touring until 10 May

The Flying Dutchman

Royal Opera House, in rep until 16 March

Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte hasn’t always been taken seriously. In fact for much of the 19th century it wasn’t even reckoned to be very good (Donald Tovey described its characters as ‘humanly speaking, rubbish’). For the modern director, there are several potential approaches. One – the hardest – is to try and evoke in the audience an approximation of a late-18th-century mindset.

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