CosÌ fan tutte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

30 June
2 5 8 11 13 15 17 19 July
Opera buffa in two acts
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
First performed on 20 January 1790 at the Burgtheater in Vienna
Cosi fan tutte - Mise en scène de Christophe Honoré
© Pascal Victor / ArtComArt
Louis Langrée / Jérémie Rhorer (17 & 19 July)
Stage Director
Christophe Honoré
Stage designer
Alban Ho Van
Costume designer
Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Lighting designer
Dominique Bruguière
Musical Assistant
Nicolas Kruger
Pianist / Vocal Coach
Mathieu Pordoy
Language Coach
Roberta Ferrari
Stage Director Assistant
Sandrine Lanno
Stage Designer Assistant
Ariane Bromberger
Costumes Designer Assistant
Nathalie Pallandre
Lenneke Ruiten
Kate Lindsey
Sandrine Piau
Joel Prieto
Nahuel di Pierro
Don Alfonso
Rod Gilfry
Thierry Ambengat, Julien Antonini, Christophe Dossou, Mathilda Doucouré, Tibo Drouet, Joel Koné, Antoine Lacroix, Hichimoudine Mondoha,Thibault Morel, Jean Schabel, Nicolas Sutter, N’Nabintou Touré
Cape Town Opera Chorus
Chorus Master
Marvin Kernelle
Freiburger Barockorchester
Roberta Ferrari

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
A co-production with Opéra de Lille, Korea National Opera, Edinburgh International Festival

Watch Così fan tutte in replay on Arte Concert:

  • The New York Times

    "This Così is the latest offering from a festival that has been refreshingly reflective about interracial and international relations." Zachary Woolfe

  • France Info

    "Christophe Honoré sort des sentiers battus. Avec son œil de réalisateur de cinéma qui scrute si bien les états d'âme de la jeunesse, Christophe Honoré a lu de la gravité dans le livret de Lorenzo Da Ponte." Thierry Fiorile

  • Le Monde

    "Honoré a donné beaucoup à ses chanteurs qui le lui ont rendu. [...] Bonheur absolu [...] dans la fosse, où Louis Langrée le magicien dose et ose en couleurs, en intentions, en folle inventivité un Mozart à la fois volatile et nerveux, puissant et enivrant [...]." Marie-Aude Roux

  • Le Figaro

    "Cette clarté, on la trouve [...] dans la direction de Louis Langrée, vive et subtile, attentive comme toujours chez ce vrai mozartien à la dramaturgie des tempi et à l'enchaînement des climats [...]." Christian Merlin

V’ingannai, ma fu l’inganno
Disinganno ai vostri amanti,
Che più saggi ormai saranno.

I deceived you but my deception
Was meant to undeceive your lovers,
Who will henceforth both be wiser.

Lorenzo Da Ponte, Così fan tutte, act II, finale (1790)

The officers Ferrando and Guglielmo are engaged to two sisters, Dorabella and Fiordiligi. To prove to an old philosopher that their beloved fiancées are faithful, they pretend to have been called away to war, only to return in disguise to court the women under false identities. But their plan comes unstuck when they each find themselves trying to seduce the other’s fiancée... Will the original couples emerge unscathed from this game of love and cruelty? Filmmaker and stage director Christophe Honoré gets to grips with this question in a new production that explores the power relationships between these characters who are ruled by desire. Under a scorching sun, to the strains of a score imbued with light and shade that brings Mozart so close to Marivaux, an atmosphere of humid sensuality will be conjured up by the Freiburger Barockorchester, under the direction of two eminent Mozart specialists: Louis Langrée and Jérémie Rohrer.

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Thursday 30 June 2016
Saturday 2 July 2016
Tuesday 5 July 2016
Friday 8 July 2016
Monday 11 July 2016
Wednesday 13 July 2016
Friday 15 July 2016
Sunday 17 July 2016
Tuesday 19 July 2016

Ticket prices : 270€, 180€, 150€, 120€, 55€, 30€
Youth ticket price : 9€
Children’s discovery offer for all performances, except the opening night
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

3 hours 30 minutes with one interval

Sung in Italian with French and English surtitles