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Bd Opera: Mozart "cosi Fan Tutte" - Glyndebourne

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Disc Title: Cosi fan tutte

Disc catalog: Opus Arte OA BD 7035D Recording Date: 2006 Program Length: 180 mins + approx 28 mins extras Glyndebourne production

Cast: Ferrando: Topi Lehtipuu; Guglielmo: Luca Pisaroni; Don Alfonso: Nicolas Rivenq; Fiordiligi: Miah Persson; Dorabella: Anke Vondung; Despina: Ainhoa Garmendia

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Glyndebourne Chorus; Conductor: Ivan Fischer; Stage Director: Nicholas Hytner

Video rating: 5/5 Audio type: Dolby True HD 2.0, Dolby True HD 5.1 Audio rating: 5/5

Overall rating: 5/5

Summary comment: Superb traditional production of this Mozart masterpiece

Author: Tassie Devil Date: May 8 2010

Detailed Comment: Another outstanding Blu Ray Mozart opera production. Thankfully traditional costuming and sets, but acted and sung with skill and relish to the delight of the audience and this viewer. The three leading ladies are particularly good and their comic acting is very amusing. One wonders just what the young Mozart observed about the behaviour of the aristocracy in his travels because his operas reflect obvious disrespect for them, something which caused considerable uproar when they were first produced. In this opera he credits the maid, Despina, deliciously sung and acted by Ainhoa Garmendia, with more intelligence and astuteness to see through the disguises of the men, than the ladies who are supposed to love them!! As with most operas the storyline is thin and unbelievable but the artists in this Glynedebourne effort imbue the production with such delightful singing and acting one soon forgets the total improbability of what is happening and become completely immersed in it. This is the BD Mozart opera I have enjoyed the most out of a generally good lot.

The audio and video are up to the usual high Blu Ray standards. We are fortunate to have been given so many top notch Mozart operas in this format. Unreservedly recommended.

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