The basic premise of Cosi fan tutte is that the friend of two engaged men bet them that their fiances cannot be faithful, because no woman can (I know, gross). So they develop an elaborate prank in which the men pretend to go off to war (or in this case, to build the wall), but really woo the women in disguise, swapping partners, hoping to prove them faithful but instead proving their friend right. Looking through today's lens, the women are the victims of a cruel joke, not flighty faithless females, and that's how director Robert Neu presents it. All is not forgiven here when the women find out what their so called beloveds have done.
|the women and their beloveds (KrissAnne Weiss and Tess Altiveros,
photo by Matt Bellin)
|the cast of Cosi fan tutte (photo by Matt Bellin)
Once again, Skylark Opera Theatre proves that even 230-year old operas with questionable plots can be fun, modern, and accessible. Just four more performances remain!