Cosi Fan Tutte
Revival of the opera
"As part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival, this COSI achieves its goal of pleasing audiences and presenting more informal, affordable opera. The ensemble's strong voices fill the intimate space... lovely singing and music and some genuinely comic moments."
"With tight direction from Benet Catty... (Brian) David's translation is vibrant and funny, teasing out much of the irony within the piece.
Beautiful performances from the cast are supported by seven strong instrumentalists. John Jansson is a flamboyant leader.
Louisa Tee- "powerful soprano vocals"
Danae Eleni - "pragmatic and funny"
Edward Saklatvala and Christopher Jacklin - "a jocular double act repartee"
Andre Refig... "masterly and humorous"
"An enjoyable evening at the opera, with a handful of sparkling moments... Brian David's updated libretto was a work of genius.... "
"Director Benet Catty has made imaginative use of the space..."
Christopher Jacklin: "magnetic"
Danae Eleni: "priceless Despina"
"These productions can keep flooding in as far as I'm concerned, because they do such a successful job at keeping opera alive."
"The casting is excellent... (Louisa) Tee treats the audience to her full soprano strength... Danae Eleni shows off her range... Christopher Jacklin stands out... Andre Refig brings the recitative alive through his vocal acting... (Edward) Saklatvala - comic skill rarely seen in opera.
An adaptation that mostly manages to strike a pleasing balance between eighteenth and twenty-first century versions of COSI. Most importantly, it's a great evening's entertainment."
British Theatre Guide
"...a refreshingly different experience to traditional opera. Director Benet Catty's modern twist creates a light-hearted and self-aware performance.
Musically brilliant... I would very much recommend."
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