Royal Opera House

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Così fan tutte, Royal Opera House, review

Impressed by his Flying Dutchman in Bayreuth, Kasper Holten invited the young German director Jan Philipp Gloger to Covent Garden and was surprised he chose Così fan tutte, the last of Mozart’s great collaborations with Da Ponte, his problematic tale of fiancé swapping in disguise. Is it worldly-wise social comedy or an altogether crueller assessment of human relations?

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Il Trovatore, Royal Opera House, review

What struck contemporary audiences as powerful and new – a supposed witch burnt at the stake, an abducted baby, a mother burning the wrong baby, an amorous rival killing his brother without realising his identity against the backdrop of civil war – is to us all but risible, were it not for Verdi’s melodic genius.

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