Cosi fan tutte is driven by two men who pretend to go to war and then return in disguise to see how faithful their fiancées really are.
It is being set in the 1960s because it provides a clearer indication of the nature of the disguise than the original transformation from 18th century Neapolitans to 18th century Albanians. The men’s disguise in this production suggests they have got lost on the way back from Woodstock. Despina is no longer be an uppity maid, but a travelling beautician, who has the sisters amongst her clients.
Don Alfonso remains a man who thinks he is the puppet master, manipulating everyone else – but is this really true?
Not to be missed, this exciting Opera of Who ends up with who? Who takes the bet seriously? When do the girls realise what is going on (if at all)? There are many ways that this situation can be resolved and this is part of the enduring fascination of this opera.
Bath Opera return to the Blakehay Theatre this summer after their acclaimed performance of La Boheme in 2018.
Director: Tom Magnone. Musical Director: Peter Blackwood