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Mozart: Così fan tutte DVD (The Royal Opera)

‘The school for lovers’, Mozart’s alternative title for Così fan tutte, is given a playful, theatrical treatment by German director Jan Philipp Gloger, who sets this new production for The Royal Opera in a theatre. The four lovers are performed by a cast of young rising stars, with Sabina Puértolas as the fun-loving Despina and acclaimed German baritone and comic genius Johannes Martin Kränzle as the impresario Don Alfonso, who leads the lovers on a role-playing journey full of picturesque settings. Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in one of Mozart’s most beautiful scores, packed with wonderful arias and ensembles.

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Ferrando: Daniel Behle
Guglielmo: Alessio Arduini
Don Alfonso: Johannes Martin Kränzle
Fiordiligi: Corinne Winters
Dorabella: Angela Brower
Despina: Sabina Puértolas

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Director: Jan Philipp Gloger
Set Designer: Ben Baur
Costume Designer: Karin Jud
Lighting: Bernd Purkrabek

Plus: Introduction to Così fan tutte; Ben Baur talks about the designs; Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 164 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
Year: 2016

"A symbiosis of exceptionally expressive, often sensuous conducting by Semyon Bychkov and an intelligent, thought-provoking production, this Così is potent and properly unsettling"
 The Evening Standard

"Ensemble singing is strong; the standout is Daniel Behle’s gorgeous tenor as Ferrando. Above all, Semyon Bychkov’s impeccable balance and pacing in the pit allows it full space to blossom." The Independent

"Semyon Bychkov gives an enthralling lesson in Mozart from the outset. Conducting his first Mozart opera in 20 years, he has a style might be said to belong (in the best sense) to the old school. But, Bychkov draws glowingly warm playing, and the textures are lithe and lively. The score’s darker colours are all brought out in a performance that bristles with dramatic tensionThe Daily Telegraph