Cosi Fan Tutte (2017)

Cosi Fan Tutte is coming back in June 2018. See Cosi Fan Tutte 2018 for more information

Following the success of our new Merton street opera Drifting Dragons in 2016, we announced our summer 2017 street opera production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. It’s a story about love and friendship, cheating, and testing the one you love. Both funny and moving, audiences loved following our characters’ rather complicated love lives taking place on the streets of Merton!

Our performances were completely FREE and unticketed in a variety of places in Merton – popping up in cafes, pubs, supermarkets, libraries and even at the bus stop! The audience followed our story while hearing the beautiful music as people went about their normal life.

We re-imagined the 3 hour opera sung in Italian with full orchestra for the Merton high streets – it’s was edited to about an hour, the music re-arranged for 3 instruments suitable for promenade performance (violin, accordion and bassoon) by exciting young composer/conductor Leo Geyer, and with a new modern English libretto written by director Joanna Turner. As it was free and unticketed the audience could stay to watch the whole story or just a bit.

We partnered again with Merton Music Foundation to offer local schools complimentary workshops teaching young people about opera, and with organisations such as the New Horizon Centre and Merton & Morden Guild to engage local elderly people with this fantastic story of love, confusion and betrayal.

 

Reviews

[Don Alfonso’s] challenge, and their resulting bet, comes about so naturally in this context that I began to wonder why every Cosi doesn’t start in a pub beer garden.- , Operissima
Mitcham has probably witnessed these human scenes many times before; the only change is that, this time, Mozart is involved, and everybody sings.- , Operissima
What amazed me about the Baseless Fabric experience is how naturally this production fits into its locations, a testament to the scrupulous research work which must have gone on beforehand, as well as the quality of everyone’s performances.- , Operissima
Sung in a beautifully natural, contemporary English libretto by Joanna Turner- , Operissima
Leo Geyer and Joanna Turner have done a wonderful job in creating a modern libretto and production suitable for this High Street Format Opera- , LondonTheatre1.com
This production is tremendous fun- , LondonTheatre1.com

 

Creative Team

Leo Geyer – Arranger/MD
Joanna Turner – Director & Librettist
Cecilija Berg – Costume Assistant

Singers

Claire Wild – Fiordiligi
Felicity Buckland
– Dorabella
Simon Gfeller – Ferrando
Tom Stoddart – Guglielmo
Philip Smith – Don Alfonso

Musicians

Leo Geyer – Bassoon
Olivia Jarvis
– Violin
Bartosz Glowacki – Accordion

 

Blog Posts on Cosi Fan Tutte

 

Performance Dates

DATES: 27th July – 6th August 2017
PRICE: FREE
STARTING LOCATIONS:
There were nine performance locations across the Merton borough.

Date Time Start Location
Thursday 27th July  5 pm TOOTING (starting at Gorringe Park Pub, SW17 9HW)
Friday 28th July  12.45pm POLLARDS HILL (starting at New Horizon Centre cafe, CR4 1LT)
Friday 28th July  5 pm RAYNES PARK (starting at the Raynes Park Tavern, SW20 0LA)
Wed 2nd August   1 pm COLLIERS WOOD (starting at M&S Cafe, Savacentre/The Qube, SW19 1DD)
Thurs 3rd August  1 pm MORDEN (starting on the forecourt outside the Civic Centre, SM4 5DX)
Thurs 3rd August  5 pm WIMBLEDON (starting at Patisserie Valerie, Wimbledon Piazza, SW19 1QB)
Friday 4th August  1 pm MITCHAM (starting at the Kings Arms, CR4 3HD)
Saturday 5th August  4 pm WIMBLEDON VILLAGE (starting at the Dog & Fox, SW19 5EA)
Sunday 6th August  3 pm WIMBLEDON (starting at Wimbledon Piazza, SW19 1QB)

Our Supporters for this production

The production is kindly supported by the Arts Council, Merton Council, Wimbledon Foundation, Lucille Graham Trust, The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, The London Community Foundation, Cockayne and individual donors

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