Cosi fan tutte
Relish the classic two-act romantic comedy Cosi Fan Tutte, which roughly translates to ‘Women are like that’, at the Arts Centre Melbourne this season. Acclaimed Scottish director Sir David McVicar takes the reins this time to lead the talented performers to a successful display of one of Mozart’s finest pieces.
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From its hilariously amazing premiere at the Burgtheater in Vienna in January 1790, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte has come a long way. It has adapted and evolved in interesting ways over the centuries, still managing to captivate audiences across the globe with 18th Century Viennese humor! Although it was not performed for a brief period from the mid-19th to the early 20th century owing to its themes being labeled ‘vulgar’ and ‘immoral’, the opera regained its place as an enjoyable and frequently performed piece after World War II. Knighted in 2012 for his contribution to opera, Sir David McVicar holds a place amongst the finest directors of the modern era. His repertoire of successful productions include Anna Bolena, Faust, Don Giovanni, and many other well-known compositions performed at some of the most prestigious venues around the world. He has been nominated for the Opera Olivier Award and won numerous awards including the South Bank Show Award and the Le Grand Prix de la Musique du Syndicat de la Critique. He is joined by an expert set and costume-designer Moritz Junge and an immensely talented troupe of artists including Jane Ede and Anna Dowsley.
When the philosopher Don Alfonso claims that women are fickle, the claim is met with passionate disapproval by his young military friends Ferrando and Guglielmo. Fernando is in love with Dorabella and Guglielmo is in love with Fiordiligi. The two young men agree to Don Alfonso’s wager and proceed to disguise themselves in an attempt to exchange fiancées; an attempt that they are certain will fail. To their disappointment, the two women eventually allow themselves to be wooed by their disguised lovers, thus proving Don Alfonso’s point. A hilarious and timeless comedy, Cosi Fan Tutte is well worth a watch at the Melbourne Arts Centre!
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“A beautiful production where gentle comedy makes way for profound sadness. ”
– Limelight Magazine
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Melbourne State Theatre has a seating capacity of 2,079.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out the Arts Centre's wide range of bars, restaurants and cafes.
Moderate Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at the Box Office of the Arts Centre Melbourne about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.