Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte' both glorious, unsettling.(Final)

Byline: Joanne Sheehy Hoover For the Journal

CRITICS' CORNER

REVIEW

"Cosi fan tutte" is Mozart's most disturbing opera. It is also, arguably, his most perfect. Saturday night the Santa Fe Opera gave eloquent voice to both aspects in its opening performance of a powerful new production of the work.

Preceded by "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni," "Cosi fan tutte" marked Mozart's third and final collaboration with the brilliant librettist Lorenzo da Ponte.

Despite the sustained beauty of the score, the opera's bittersweet message made it a late entry into the standard repertoire.

"Cosi fan tutte" gives us Mozart as the divine trickster, who deploys the full force of his art to portray the vagaries of the human heart. …

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