'Met Live: Cosi fan tutte' at The Majestic 11

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
12:55p
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
7:00p


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A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott's clever vision of Mozart's comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island - complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other's faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790. The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Cosi fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Cosi still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love - from the loftiest to the basest - is explored in this extraordinary opera.

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