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LA Opera Presents Cosi Fan Tutte

Two young men go undercover to test the fidelity of their lady loves. What could possibly go wrong? Mozart’s delightfully comic battle of the sexes returns to the LA Opera stage for the first time in 15 years. Filled with ravishingly beautiful music, Cosi fan tutte [“They’re all alike!”] features a clever plot that was bracingly politically incorrect even for Mozart’s day. A period staging by director Nicholas Hytner, drenched in sumptuous summer light, deftly blends elegance and farce to emphasize the very real human emotions embedded throughout Mozart’s miraculous score.

James Conlon conducts a brilliant sextet of world-class young performers. Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak makes her LA Opera debut as the steadfast Fiordiligi, joined by Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose (The Fly, 2008) returning as her more susceptible sister Dorabella. As their lovers, Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu (Gianni Schicchi, 2008) returns as Ferrando with Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in his first Company appearance as Guglielmo. Italian bass Lorenzo Regazzo and Romanian mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu round out the ensemble as the scheming Don Alfonso and Despina.

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