Mozart's surprisingly modern comedy of love, betrayal and unconvincing disguises
Opera has typically perceived to be for the refined and grey wigs but fast forward to the present and Operantics have managed to present a modernised version of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte for their opera debut. True to form, the opera is sung in Italian with surtitles translating the meaning of the lyrics so the audience can understand throughout the performance.
Opening to the present scene at a Balmain cafe, their fiancés Guglielmo and Ferrando make a bet with their friend, the cynical troublemaker Don Alfonso, that their women will always be faithful to them. Introduced to the Vacluse living spoilt sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, the women are put to the test but does temptation prove too great? Add an overworked personal assistant Despina, the girls' scheming employee and watch the drama unfold.
The fiancés transform into what can be described as hipsters from Newtown or as the homeless with their moustaches known as plumages of love. Watch the inner turmoil in action as the fiancées wrestle with their loyalty for their fiancés and affections of their new suitors. Listening to each characters' take on the situation, be ready to be taken on a roller coaster of pain and happiness that is known as love.
Truly high calibre performances from the cast of Cosi, comprising of senior students and graduates of classical performance degrees at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Australian Institute of Music and Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
Featuring Joelene Griffiths as Fiordiligi, Dave Smith as Ferrando, Samanta Lestavel as Despina, Ian Warwick as Don Alfonso, Tristan Entwistle as Guglielmo and Katie Miller-Crispe - who is also the musical director - as Dorabella.
With only a pianist Nathaniel Kong, who studies at the Australian Institute of Music, accompanying the singers, this provided a rather intimate performance, complementing the soaring voices of the Cosi cast.
Design, lighting, stage management and photography by Kyle Stephens, costumes by Wendy James with Steph Jones as surtitle technician.