A staged 'Così fan tutte'
at Severance Hall in Cleveland,
enjoyed by KELLY FERJUTZ
Although concert-goers in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, are accustomed to truly splendid performances, staged operas featuring well-known European singers are not so prevalent. Especially when, as in this instance, the singers are from an existing production, and accustomed to working with each other, so that the result is a performance that's as smooth as silk.
Such was the case with Mozart's Così fan tutte presented four times between 2 and 8 March 2010 at Severance Hall. The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst, was in the pit, along with Enrico Cacciari who provided continuo on the fortepiano. It's amazing how much this instrument adds to the overall feel of the late eighteenth century...
Copyright © 14 March 2010
This review is of the opening night of Così on 2 March 2010. The opera will be broadcast as part of Cleveland Orchestra radio programming on 11 April at 3pm and 31 July 2010 at 8pm on WCLV (104.9 FM). It may also be accessible at those times on the web at www.wclv.com and there's further information about the Cleveland Orchestra online at www.clevelandorchestra.com