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Cosi Fan Tutte - Aspen Opera Theater Season 2015

"Robinson has made it into a confection that brings out every bit of wit and cleverness. On a relative shoestring. He has moved the whole thing to the ‘50s-‘60s. The scenic design by [Jason Simms] — mid-century digs and furnishings — and the vintage-style costumes by Summer Lee Jack are spot-on, and it is laugh-out-loud funny. The excellent chorus also move sets and the whole thing has an air of Mickey-and-Judy-let’s-put-on-a-show that makes you feel involved from the outset.” - Patricia Zohn from Huffington Post article on Cosi Fan Tuttehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/patricia-zohn/culturezohn-mid-century-mozart_b_8039124.html

"Visiting director James Robinson, who often works with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, updated the time and scene to a sort of late 1950s-early 1960s “Mad Men” vibe. In this setting Don Alfonso, a cynical gray-haired advertising executive, bets two young friends (Ferrando and Gugliemo) that he can prove their fiancées aren’t as faithful as they believe. He sets the men to wooing (in disguise) their opposite fiancées. Fiordiligi and Dorabella are Pan Am stewardesses (the gender-neutral “flight attendants” would be years away) and their maid Despina is portrayed here as a world-weary, hard-edged character like Thelma Ritter played in many films of that era.

Though sometimes mezzo-soprano Sofia Selowsky missed the lilt in Despina’s music, she made the character, usually played cute, into an amusingly grumpy maid with hard-edged singing to match. She got big laughs for her turns as a yellow-gloved and booted doctor, and as the fussy notary in the faux-wedding finale.” - Harvey Steiman from the Aspen Times on Cosi Fan Tuttehttp://www.aspentimes.com/entertainment/activitiesevents/17798232-113/review-madcap-and-impressively-sung-cos%C3%AC-fan-tutte


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