Operagasm Review Rundown: Canadian Opera Company’s Cosi
by Christie Connolley
Art Kaptainas of the National Post was not loving the new production of Cosi fan Tutte at the Canadian Opera Company. Check out the 411 in the Operagasm Review Rundown!
Too School for Cool: ”Huh? It was opening night at the Four Seasons Centre. A new production by Atom Egoyan, so make that “huh?” a double. The opera was Mozart’s Così fan tutte, not that anyone with earplugs could have known. Instead of two officers and an old wiseacre in a Naples café, the curtain rose on a biology professor, 20 students in private-school whites taking notes, two girls sleeping on cushions, two dudes in fencing gear, two tables laden with scientific samples, a towering cabinet filled with assorted curiosities, two vertical panels illustrated with moths, plus mirrors, all in front of a giant blackboard marked with figures that were too fuzzy to resolve.”
Oops I Did It Again – The Opera: “ including creepy girl-school uniforms for the sisters at the centre of this tale — and we can reach one conclusion with confidence: Egoyan believes that the opera as Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, left it simply will not do.”
Chex Mix: ”It is usually at this point in a COC review that singing is declared to be the redemptive element of an otherwise stultifying evening, but the ledger on Saturday was mixed. Soprano Layla Claire (Fiordiligi) had better luck evoking the pathos of Per pietà than igniting the fireworks of Come scoglio. Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta was stable as Dorabella. Bass Robert Gleadow made firmer sounds as Guglielmo than tenor Paul Appleby as Ferrando. Tracy Dahl was crisp and comic as Despina. Sir Thomas Allen, another veteran, managed some clever turns of phrase in recitative but it must be said that his days as a big-house baritone appear to be behind him.”
Check out the full review here!