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A Volcanic Cosi!

Grand Théâtre
01/11/2000 -  and 14, 16, 19*, 21, 24, 26, 29, 31, January, 4 February 2000
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Cosi fan tutte
Fionnula McCarthy (Fiordiligi), Marie-Ange Todorovitch (Dorabella), Jeanette Fischer (Despina), Rainer Trost (Ferrando), Mariusz Kwiecien(Guglielmo), Pietro Spagnoli (Don Alfonso)
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philippe Jordan (Conductor)
Guy Joosten (Direction)

This opera production was back again in the new theatre on the Rhône river, called Bâtiment des Forces motrices, which was an old power station built at the end of the 19th century. The inconvenience of it, is that it is not made for long legged people...

But any how, the production was good. Placed in contemporary Naples, in a modern Palace Hotel with a superb view on the Vesuvio. Two young marine officers engaged to two young women, go up and down the stairs of the hotel. Not to forget the bar where most of the things happen with a glass of spirit, champagne and other alcohol. The choir appears from everywhere as cook, cleaning woman, waiter, or other members of the staff…, to sing the airs of the opera. The Vesuvio lights up, when things get a bit complicated in the play, and spills its red lava, although discretely, in the background.

Fionnuala McCarthy was in the spirit of the opera as Fiordiligi and Jeannette Fischer funny. Marie-Ange Todorovitch lacked some finesse at times, but still made a good performance, and acted greatly. The men of the production were good singers, but Rainer Trost does merit a special remark as his voice is designed for the role. The orchestra led by the young 26 year old Philippe Jordan - son of Armin Jordan the last director and principal conductor of the Orchestra of Suisse Romande (OSR) - was conducting for the first time an opera with his father’s former orchestra. The première, as well as the other performances, revealed his popularity. He is young but already an accomplished conductor that we shall fallow as he develops and makes a successful carer.

Zoltan Bécsi



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