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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Fiordiligi – Dorothea Röschmann
Dorabella – Katharina Kammerloher
Guglielmo – Hanno Müller-Brachmann
Ferrando – Werner Güra
Despina – Daniela Bruera
Don Alfonso – Roman Trekel
Berlin State Opera Chorus
(chorus master: Eberhard Friedrich)
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Doris Dörrie, stage director
Christian Sedelmayer, set and costume designer
Recorded live at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, 1 September 2002.
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 179 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
A revolutionary treatment of one of the "sacred cows" of the opera repertoire. Daniel Barenboim, who here conducts, invited Munich film director Doris Dorrie to produce Cosi fan tutte for the Staatsoper Berlin in 2002, and the resulting project drew plaudits from die-hard Mozart fans as well as introducing a whole new generation to the opera genre.
Dorrie, long established on the German cinema scene as a master of comic genius, chose to stage her Cosi in the 1970s when the Flower Power revolution was in full swing. A stage bedecked with giant flowers and costumes as colourful as the music provide the background for this "hippie musical" under the motto: "To cheat on your partner or not, that is the question."
"The story makes sense in a Seventies context. It was a time when you could be accused of procuring if you were shameless enough to let your daughter stay with a male school friend overnight. But it was also a time of rebellion against this outmoded morality."
Works on This Recording
Cosě fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Roman Trekel (Baritone),
Daniela Bruera (Soprano),
Werner Güra (Tenor),
Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Bass Baritone),
Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano),
Katharina Kammerloher (Alto)
Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,
Berlin State Opera Chorus
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/01/2002
Venue: Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Chill out dude November 19, 2012
By John G. (Toronto, ON) See All My Reviews
"Very high musical values and a hilarious 1960s/70s hippy setting make this among the best DVDs of Cosi out there. Full review at my blog: http://operaramblings.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/chill-out-dude/"
My First Opera DVD purchased November 9, 2012
By James R Bridges (Everett, WA) See All My Reviews
"While I love most forms of classical music, I have never been a great fan of opera, having only a few CDs and LPs of some of the more famous operas. I had never heard Cosi Fan Tutte, but the price was right and I thought it worth the gamble. It was worth it, and in fact, I think I hit the jackpot. While the opera is somewhat lighthearted and fun, it is also incredibly lyrical. Sound quality is excellent throughout most of the DVD - a feature I was worried about - having heard muffled operatic recordings on CDs. Watching it on a 47" flat panel LED screen felt like we had one of the best seats in the house. Indeed, I readily see how DVD recordings of operas make so much more sense than purchasing CDs of them, for one can better receive a fuller experience of opera - combining the visual and auditory into one experience."