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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. Amanda Roocroft, Rose Mannion, Rainer Trost, Rodney Gilfry, Eirian James and Claudio Nicolai perform alongside The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists.
Beautiful singing and staging. I have seen many productions of this opera and this is up there with the best. Funny, moving and of course the most exquisite music possible.Published 15 months ago by Mr J Kennedy
I owned this production for several years and always enjoyed it not only for its musical values, but more particularly, for the interaction between the protagonists on stage. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2011 by I. Giles
I have become tired of this production after seeing it a few times. I think Gardiner's inexperience as a stage director becomes exposed on repeated viewings. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2010 by Eli Crund
Judging by the other reviews, I wonder who was really listening. Did nobody notice the recording being marred by wretched singing, with the two sopranos barely getting notes right... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2010 by Dr. Nicholas S. Weber