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Berwick Festival Opera presents Opera dei Lumi: Così fan tutte

Fri 22 August 2014

Cos? fan tutte is an opera comedy in two acts exploring the fidelity of women), and also of men. The full title is Cos? fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (They are all the same, or The School for Lovers).


Don Alfonso, an old philosopher, places a wager with two soldiers (Guglielmo and Ferrando) that their fiancées' will not remain faithful. The wager is accepted and the soldiers fake being called to war, only to disguise themselves as Albanians and return to woo each other’s partners.

Initially, the noble ladies (Fiordiligi and Dorabella) resist these unwanted advances - but for how long? Don Alfonso enlists the help of the maid Despina to ensure he wins his wager. As the plot thickens, the “Albanians” go to extremes to turn the ladies' affections - at one point drinking arsenic to set themselves "free of such cruelty".

Will the lovers remain faithful, or will they succumb to their suitors?

Opera dei Lumi is a new company specialising in opera of the Enlightenment and exploring aspects of historically informed performance.

Sung in Italian
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
Conductor: Peter Keenan
2h30m (two acts and interval)

Berwick Festival Opera 2014
The Maltings Theatre is delighted to launch Berwick Festival Opera which spans two weekends in July and August to present some of the world’s most beautiful music and song in the very heart of the town. The festival has a very clear artistic mission: to take well-known works and produce vibrant new productions at a scale that captures the magic of superb singing and instrumental accompaniment, but at a size that reflects the smaller venues that one finds in towns like Berwick-upon-Tweed - would otherwise never be able to host opera.

Note: This performance will take place at the Berwick Guildhall, NOT at The Maltings Theatre.

4 Opera package - £70 / £64 concs, Child £30
(no discounts apply on package price)
Berwick Festival Opera presents:
• The Maltings Theatre & Rocket Opera: Dido and Aeneas - Fri 18 July - Click HERE to book.
• The Maltings Theatre & Rocket Opera: The Pirates of Penzance - 19 & 20 July - Click HERE to book.
• The Maltings Theatre: Die Walkure - 23 & 24 Aug -
Click HERE to book.

Year: 2014

The Maltings Theatre & Cinema is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194