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A better bet is Così fan tutte from Salzburg, filmed in Sven-Erik Bechtolf ’s production. Bechtolf doesn’t impose a Konzept on his cast, though he directs with assurance. A sunny first act is succeeded by an emotionally unsteady second, all taking place in a single set, an enormous conservatory with the action kept sensibly at the centre of the foliage. Christoph Eschenbach lets the score unfold at a leisurely pace (the Act I finale does start to drag) and supports his singers well. Malin Hartelius and Marie-Claude Chappuis blend beautifully as the duped sisters, though the soprano does push at times, leading to some tuning issues; the same goes for the generally likeable tenor, Martin Mitterrutzner – perhaps the house is overly large for their essentially lyric instruments. Martina Jankova has fun as Despina, Luca Pisaroni is a dependable Guglielmo, and Gerald Finley a luxuriously voiced Don Alfonso. Worth watching, though I am doubtful that it will become anyone’s first choice for this opera.

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