Dramma giocoso in 2 acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. First performed on 26 January 1790, at the Burgtheater in Vienna.
Sung in Italian with English and French surtitles
Duration: approx. 3:00 (with one intermission)
Why is this opera, whatever language you speak, almost always referred to in Italian? Perhaps because its title sounds pretty harsh in translation: “Thus do they [i.e. women] all”. “What” exactly the women in Così do is have sex with a man who is not their fiancé. It’s hard to imagine that Mozart and Da Ponte, his librettist, would get away with such a blatantly sexist title in this day and age. In a new production for Geneva, German director David Bösch, with his love for chiaroscuro, brings out both the dark cynicism of Da Ponte’s cruel love-game, and Mozart’s luminous love-music. If all women are like that, then all men are too: if love’s a game, it’s worth learning how to play it.
|Musical Director||Hartmut Haenchen|
|Stage Director||David Bösch|
|Set Designer||Falko Herold|
|Costumes Designer||Bettina Walter|
|Lighting Designer||Michael Bauer|
|Don Alfonso||Laurent Naouri|
|Chœur du Grand Théâtre |
Direction Alan Woodbridge
|Orchestre de la Suisse Romande|