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Così Fan Tutte: Racial & sexual abuse should shock audiences, not titillation

In Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, International, News, Opera, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

The new production of Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s classic opera Così Fan Tutte has attracted no shortage of controversy. After its premiere in Aix-en-Provence in France in July, the organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival wrote to all ticket holders offering a refund “due to the adult nature of some of the scenes” and its unsuitability for younger audiences.






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FEATURED SHOWS: Cosi Cosi at the King’s Head, Reviews are in!

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Have you seen the reviews for our current Featured Show, or rather Shows: the King’s Head Theatre inspired pairing of Mozart’s classic opera Cosi Fan Tutte with modern play Cosi? … Scroll down for links and pull quotes from some of our favourite reviews.






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Review: The Magic Flute (English National Opera, London Coliseum)

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The warehouse in which English National Opera parks its costumes and sets between performances must be the size of Yorkshire. This production of ‘The Magic Flute’ was first directed and designed a quarter of a century ago – and they’re about to revive the Jonathan Miller ‘Mikado’ which is a similar 1987 vintage. So with […]

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Review: Don Giovanni (Heaven, Charing Cross)

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It’s a weekend night and we’re standing in Heaven cruising the hot bodies on stage and the trendy polysexual crowd below. The only differences from 1987 are that this time we’re not high on a cocktail of coke and poppers, and the music’s by the boy Mozart rather than the Boy George. It’s only a […]

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Review: The Marriage Of Figaro (London Coliseum)

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The first surprise in Fiona Shaw’s off-piste production is the all-white revolving maze of a set, peopled by such a troupe of bowing and scraping servantry – alternately linen-folding, bread-baking and boot-polishing – that we could have landed at Downton Abbey. Instead we’re pleasingly detached from time and place in a bravura attempt to modernize the […]

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