reviewed by Paula Citron
Cosí fan tutte
Royal Conservatory of Music
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Directed by Jennifer Parr
Starring Inga Filippova-Williams, Wallis Giunta, Taylor Strande, Adam Bishop, Matthew Cassils and David English
At Mazzoleni Hall until Apr. 7
The Royal Conservatory is currently presenting a terrific production of Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte featuring students from the Glenn Gould School, its professional training wing. What guilds the lily is having the great Mario Bernardi as music director. Maestro Bernardi is a very knowledgeable Mozart conductor and his young orchestra shows dramatic flare and nuanced subtleties under his astute guidance.
Mazzoleni Hall has no pit so the orchestra is on the stage which leaves director Jennifer Parr precious little room. Nonetheless, using the horizontal lip of the stage and the aisles of the hall itself, Parr has fashioned a charming, intimate chamber version of Cosí which suits young voices very well. The director has also ensured some excellent stage business, and her cast tackles the characters and their complications with verve.
You have one last chance to catch Cosí fan tutte. The final performance is at Mazzoleni Hall tomorrow, Tues. Apr. 7 at 1:30 pm. Line up early because it’s a freebee.