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St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4ES

Cosi Fan Tutte - English National Opera

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Closed March 22, 2022

McDermott crafts an intoxicating world - part visual camp, part hallucinogenic horrow-show.

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Why See Cosi Fan Tutte - English National Opera?

Classical & Opera

Love, Lies and Merry-Go-Rounds

This exciting adaptation of Mozart and Da Ponte's comic masterpiece is a vibrant introduction to opera for those new to the genre, and equally a satisfyingly and well-rounded production for opera aficionados. Soraya Mafi and Hanna Hipp perform alongside Benson Wilson and Neal Davies as the two pairs of lovers in this fun-filled night at the Coliseum.

Innovative director Phelim McDermott - who returns to direct this production - has been praised for his visionary reinterpretation of this challenging comedy, called "witty, exuberant and quietly revisionist" by critics. This bold joint production between the ENO and Met Opera places our four lovers in the slightly creepy fairgrounds of 1950s Coney Island, New York, where sensual pleasure is only a stones throw away and the fairground master - Don Alfonso - has the magical ability to distort reality... and make anything possible!

What is Cosi Fan Tutte about?

A story of desire, lust and love. Sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi are on Coney Island enjoying a holiday with their fiances, Guglielmo and Ferrando. However, Don Alfonso, the manipulative master of the fairground has a game he wishes to play with the lovers. 

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Opening night: 10 March 2022


Suitable for ages 12 and above

Run time

Three hours and ten minutes with one interval

And before you stop reading

Sung and subtitled in English


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Fiordiligi -Kate Valentine

Dorabella - Christine Rice

Ferrando - Randall Bills

Guglielmo - Marcus Farnsworth

Don Alfonso - Roderick Williams

Despina - Mary Bevan


Conductor - Ryan Wigglesworth

Director - Phelim McDermott

Set Designer -Tom Pye

Costume Designer -Laura Hopkins

Lighting Designer -Paule Constable

Translator -Jeremy Sams

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