Mozart’s best loved opera to perform in Hanoi

‘Cosi Fan Tutte’, one of Mozart’s best loved operas will be performed at the Hanoi Opera House by the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet on October 5-6.

‘Così Fan Tutte’ (Thus Do All Women, or The School for Lovers), is an Italian language opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. The first performance took place in Vienna in 1790.

It is one of the three Mozart operas for which Da Ponte wrote the libretto. The other two Da Ponte-Mozart collaborations were Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Don Giovanni.

This is the story of relationships, love and sex, and being faithful and loyal to one’s partners.

The opera was performed several times but after Mozart’s and the Emperor’s death it began to be considered quite shocking and so was hardly ever performed anywhere throughout the 19th century.

Although the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet has performed this opera before, this production is a new, shortened version directed and conducted by Graham Sutcliffe.

The opera will be performed by members of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet – in Italian – with Vietnamese and English subtitles.

There are six roles of which the two soprano roles, Fiordilgi and Dorabella will be sung by Pham Ha Thang Long and Huong Diep/Phuong Dung. Gugliemo and Ferrando, the two male roles will be sung by Phan Duc and Thanh Binh, and Kieu Tham and Anh Vu. Don Alfonso will be sung by baritone, Manh Dung, and Despina by Vanh Khuyen.

Tickets are priced at VND200,000-VND500,000.

Compiled by Kim Khanh

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