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Thursday: Opera Matinee - Mozart's Così fan tutte K.588

Mozart's sparkling comic opera Così fan tutte K.588, with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski, recorded at 2017's Enescu Festival in Bucharest and presented by Tom McKinney.

Mozart's satirical and sparkling opera Così fan tutte K.588 is given by Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski, from 2017's Enescu Festival in Bucharest. The opera wasn't particularly well-received at its premiere in 1790, and the subject matter remains divisive today as Don Alfonso tried to prove that no woman can be faithful to her lover. But romantic cynicism aside, the music brims with sublime arias and vocal fireworks, and in the end everyone agrees that's it better to laugh than to cry. It's presented by Tom McKinney.

Ana Maria Labin, Fiordiligi (soprano)
Serena Malfi, Dorabella (mezzo-soprano)
Robert Gleadow, Guglielmo (baritone)
Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Ferrando (tenor)
Jean-Sébastien Bou, Don Alfonso (baritone)
Giulia Semenzato, Despina (soprano)

Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski, conductor

This afternoon's broadcast concludes our series of Mozart's Da Ponte opera trilogy. You can catch up with parts 1 & 2 via the BBC Radio Player

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Così fan tutte, K 588 (Act 1)

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Così fan tutte, K 588 (Act 2)

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Intermezzo (Suor Angelica)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.

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