German Director Claus Guth concluded his Mozart/Da Ponte cycle with this new production of Così fan tutte. In previous seasons at the Salzburg Festival, Guth premiered his interpretations of Le Nozze di Figaro (starring Anna Netrebko) in 2006, followed by Don Giovanni in 2008.
This Guth’s imaginative production maintains the opera’s musical drama and humour in a contemporary setting, where young men test their lovers in an entertaining game of seduction and temptation. Swedish soprano Miah Persson stars as Fiordiligi. Young mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (Dorabella) makes waves in the world of classical music both at home in the US and abroad. Finnish tenor who gained world-wide recognition for his interpretation of Mozart roles plays Topi Lehtipuu (Ferrando). Performing the role of Guglielmo is the Austrian baritone Florian Boesch, who in 2003 made his operatic debut with Opernhaus Zürich as Papageno. French soprano Patricia Petibon appears as Despina.
This classy interpretation concluded Claus Guth’s Mozart-Da Ponte opera trilogy at the Salzburg Festival. Hosted in the intimate surroundings of the Haus für Mozart, the comic tale of fiancée swapping is flirtatiously retold by a dynamic cast and the Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra under Adam Fischer, the Hungarian conductor whose recordings of Haydn’s Symphonies No. 88 and 101 won the Echo Prize in 2008.