Magazine article Opera Canada

Cosi Fan Tutte

Magazine article Opera Canada

Cosi Fan Tutte

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Whether working in opera or theatre, British director and Canadian resident Tim Albery's stage works are conceived in exquisite, symbolic detail. His Cosi fan tutte for Glimmerglass Opera was directed and designed to within an inch of its life. Love him or hate him, Albery makes statements. His intriguing vision, assisted by designer Tobias Hoheisel with lighting by David Finn, was to set the story in a supersized model of a magic lantern, which dominated the stage. When the side opened up, the players were exposed like lab rats for our examination, a perfect metaphor for the opera itself.

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Albery's vision was brilliant. In the beginning, the four lovers, Ferrando (Canadian tenor John Tessier), Dorabella (mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy), Guglielmo (baritone Palle Knudsen) and Fiordiligi (soprano Anne-Sophie Duprels), are dressed like matching sets of twins in dull blue and grey. When the women begin to succumb to the Albanian "strangers," their garb and hair become increasingly disarrayed and more colorful. Meanwhile, walls close in on them, and Despina (soprano Camille Zamora) keeps manipulating chairs and tables around them. …

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