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Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte [DVD] [2010]

Teatro Alla Scala , Riccardo Muti    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Teatro Alla Scala, Riccardo Muti, Daniela Dessi, Delores Ziegler, Alessandro Corbelli
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2004
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ISGRY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Officers Ferrando and Guglielmo are certain that their lovers Dorabella and Fiordiligi are faithful to them, but the cynical Don Alfonso challenges them to a bet that the women will be unfaithful given the chance. The officers thus pretend to go off to war, and return in disguise as Albanian strangers, to woo Dorabella and Fiordiligi incognito. The ladies are initially frosty, but soon warm to their new suitors, spurred on by their maid Despina. Performed at the La Scala Theatre in Milan.

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Cosi' Fan Tutte

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114 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Traditional Production with a Superb Ensemble 17 Nov 2004
I didn't have a lot of hope for this 1989 La Scala production, largely because I had assumed, mistakenly apparently, that Italians don't do Mozart very well. Granted, this is a production from La Scala and if anyone could do it one would assume that they could. Further, I had just been charmed by the Glyndebourne DVD of 'Così' from 1975, the one led by John Pritchard. Boy, was I wrong! This is one wonderful production of what many feel is Mozart's most nearly perfect opera. Riccardo Muti is in the pit and his Scala orchestra play like angels for him. The sets are beautiful (and much more so than the somewhat Pop Art-ish Glyndebourne sets). The backdrops overlook the Bay of Naples and the sky and water are blue, blue, blue. The foregrounds are fairly simple - a few columns, some tables, benches, stairs, drapes. When Ferrando and Guglielmo go off to join their military unit they are picked up by a rather nice three-masted ship that sails in from the wings and then carries them off. Costumes are also traditional, typical 17-century trappings with wigs, period-specific military uniforms for the men, lovely gowns for the women. I was amused that the hat worn by Despina when she appears as the magnetic Doctor in Act I looks like an American pilgrim hat, but I guess that's not really anachronistic.
Musically, this performance has much to recommend it. All six principal singers are wonderful, including those I'd never heard of before (Jozef Kundlak as Ferrando, Adelina Scarabelli as Despina). Daniela Dessì, who went on to sing the big Verdi roles (a recently released 'Ada' DVD is a case in point), is superb as Fiordiligi. Her 'Come scoglio' benefits from her ability to sing dramatically. Dolores Ziegler is an adorable Dorabella (sorry, I couldn't resist the alliteration).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as it should be 11 Nov 2012
It is difficult not to have favourites in life and Cosi is very high on my list. This 1989 production is as near perfect as one can get.
The sound quality is first rate, but the resolution is not as clear as more modern productions, fear not everything else makes up for it.
As act one opens you will realise the the set and the costumes are appropriate.
Claudio Desderi has a rich bass voice, he takes this sort of role in his stride, effortless in both singing and acting. He contrasts with the baritone of Corbelli and the bright tenor of Kundlak. This is a perfect contrast of voices and they also blend beautifully.
When scenes change the current artistes move to the apron, keeping the musical entity flowing, the curtains then withdraw for the next scene.
In the second scene we are introduced to two delightfully costumed ladies. The voices of Zieglers mezzo and Dessis soprano are well chosen and they also blend together to perfection.
In the next scene we are introduced to the pert faced Adelina Scarabelli, she is fully equal to the task vocally and exudes loads of character.
After the staged disappearance of our heroes, only to reappear in disguise, the disguises are actually credible.
One nice little touch after Alfonso and Despina have a sub scene in front of curtain they exit through doors set into the wings.
Without giving too much away Despina returning as a Doctor and later as a Notary has real fun with her part.
Our two heroes also have fun with their death throes.
The quick change from alter ego to their own character is done off stage remarkably quickly, before getting to the happy ending.
There is a comprehensive booklet with act by act synopsis, numbered arias and libretto.
This is far superior to the McVicar version though I see many reviewers love it,
and only one pace ahead of the Glyndebourne/ Fischer offering.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is a live recording of a production in Salzburg in 1983. This delectable comic opera is superbly performed by first-rate singers and orchestra under the experienced baton of Riccardo Muti. One feels that this is a performance in which all the people involved selflessly serve the intention of the composer and the librettist. The stage sets and costumes are traditional and pleasing to the eye.

This production is ideally cast. Vocal matching is excellent, while acting is never overdone. The singers - all non-Italian speakers except Bruscantini - are at home in recitatives as well as in singing. Margaret Marshall (Fiordiligi) is excellent in some taxing arias. Ann Murray (Dorabella) is very good in duets with James Morris (Guglielmo).

Francisco Araiza (Ferrando) sings his arias most beautifully: "Un'aura amorosa del nostro tesoro ..." (An amorous breath of our beloved ...) in Act 1 is one of the highlights in his singing. The trio: "E nel tuo, nel mio bicchiero si sommerga ogni pensiero" (And in your, my glass let every care be drowned) in the mock wedding in Act 2 - a solemn and sublime piece as if it is a religious service - is beautifully done.

Sesto Bruscantini, late in his long career when the recording was made, is a sympathetic Don Alfonso. Kathleen Battle is ideally cast as Despina: she sings the comic role beautifully without artifice. Her acting is never overdone as can happen too easily in this role.

The orchestral contributions from the Vienna Philharmonic are first-rate, while the tempi are superbly judged by Muti. The stereo sound is clear, while the picture quality is good, considering the age of the recording. To this reviewer, this is the best DVD currently available of this comic masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... have rated most of these before and rated the excellent on all
I am sure I have rated most of these before and rated the excellent on all counts
Published 15 days ago by Mr. John J. Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brought as a gift for my nan and she absolutely loved it. She said the sound quality was fantastic and the production was brilliant!
Published 4 months ago by Helen
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad sound quality
This production is very traditional; costumes and staging are of the 18th century, so there is no modernization - for those who love that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by RAS
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosi vi dico
Ma! Bravissimo gli interpreti. This opera has had Variola memorable Videos, eG by Ponelle with Gruberova, and anothet with Panerai and Scalcchi.
Published 10 months ago by mervyn lang
3.0 out of 5 stars It's nobody's fault
Mozart or no Mozart, Scala di Milano or no Scala di Milano - this opera just doesn't work as the subject matter that may have been fun at the time is unsaleable these days. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alfred von der Bredde
5.0 out of 5 stars Alesdandro Corbelli
Alesdandro Corbelli what can I say just the best singer of all time for me and he is on form in this wonderful Mozart opera.
Published 13 months ago by L. L. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars A present
This was bought as a present and the person I gave it to was absolutely delighted with it! it it really very good value.
Published 19 months ago by Gina
5.0 out of 5 stars Muti's first Cosi DVD, and it is his best!
To borrow from Mr. Morrison here, a couple of years ago, I raved about Muti's Vienna 'Cosi fan tutte' (1995) with Frittoli, Kirchschlager, Schade, Corbelli, Bacelli and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Abert
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Giuoco delle coppie'
I borrowed the heading from one of the movements of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra; it translates roughly as 'The Play of Pairs. Read more
Published on 21 July 2006 by J Scott Morrison
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