Mozart’s third and final collaboration with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte is brought back to life in Jan Philipp Gloger’s debut production for the Royal Opera. But what have critics been saying about it?
The Guardian: **** “Individually impressive, the cast form an expert musical and dramatic team, playing off one another and responding to Gloger’s complex theatrical demands with unstinting commitment.”
The Independent: **** “Semyon Bychkov’s impeccable balance and pacing in the pit allows it full space to blossom.”
Evening Standard: **** “A symbiosis of exceptionally expressive, often sensuous conducting by Semyon Bychkov and an intelligent, thought-provoking production, this Così is potent and properly unsettling.”
Bachtrack: ** “an evening made tedious by leisurely tempi and a staging by Jan Philipp Gloger that seemed far too clever for its own good.”
The Stage: ***** “The deeper we go into Gloger’s exploration, the more the confusion seems to makes sense.”
WhatsOnStage: *** “the price to pay for Gloger’s cleverness is an almost total detachment from the characters’ psychological interplay—and that’s a killer blow to this of all operas.”
The Telegraph: *** “when Gloger’s series of sketches do finally come into dramatic focus, the production’s effect is potent.”
The Arts Desk: “the production had some good ideas, though mostly linked to the look of expensive sets rather than to focused work on the psychology of confused lovers.”
Plays to See: *** “The production is not totally successful but it is good to see the Royal Opera taking thoughtful risks with the great classics and this production is well worth a place in the Covent Garden repertoire.”
Cosi fan Tutte will play at the Royal Opera House until the 19th October. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.