In 2013, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century performed the iconic Mozart opera Cosi fan tutte for the first time. 'Downright spectacular' wrote De Volkskrant about the production at the time, and newspaper Trouw characterized the orchestra as 'playing sublimely' (*****). All the more reason to stage the Cosi again this season: a new semi-staged production with an international star cast.
The Mozart Opera is led by conductor Manoj Kamps and director Lisenka Heijboer Castañón. They are working together for the third time in this production. After the successful "Faust [Working Title]" and "I Have Missed You Forever" at the Opera Forward Festival, they now take on "Cosi fan Tutte. The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century is given vocal ammunition by top singers such as Claron McFadden and Henk Neven. 'Cosi fan Tutte' can only be seen and heard seven times in the Netherlands.
Musically and vocally, the performance was at top level. Kamps led with great superiority and allowed the transitions between recitatives, ensembles and arias to proceed flawlessly and smoothly. This gave the evening momentum and the orchestra, in which all the wind players - from oboe to horn - excelled, followed Kamps alertly.
W. A. Mozart Così fan tutte
Conductor:: Manoj Kamps
Director: Lisenka Heijboer Castañón
Soloists: Katharine Dain, Josy Santos, Claron McFadden, Linard Vrielink, Drew Santini, Henk Neven
Dramaturg: Willem Bruls
Lighting Design: Hendrik Walther
Costume Design: Kevin Pieterse
Assistant Conductor: Chloe Rooke
Assistant Director: Zephyr Bridges