Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" is performed at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. It will be broadcast to movie theaters worldwide Saturday as part of the Met's Live in HD series.
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Phelim McDermott's whimsical take on Mozart's bittersweet comedy "Cosi fan tutte" is set in a boardwalk amusement park much like a 1950s version of New York's Coney Island. That means the story of two pairs of young lovers whose loyalties are tested plays out not in the eighteenth-century Naples of the original but rather amid a bustling world of snake charmers, sword swallowers and fire eaters.In the original, the men pretend to go off to war, reappear disguised as wealthy Albanians and promptly begin wooing each other's girlfriends.Instead of Albanians, the men return disguised as carnival workers.In the libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, after disguises come off and deceptions are exposed, the lovers reconcile with their original partners.
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