Aarhus Sommeropera


Principals: Elsebeth Dreisig, Maria Kontra, Lise-Lotte Nielsen, Dominique Moralez, Thomas Storm, Jens Bruno Hansen
Director: Christopher Cowell
Designer: Bridgit Kimak
Conductor: David Riddell
The Dansih Sinfonietta - Randers Kammerorkester

Another success for Aarhus Sommeropera - this production played to full houses every evening, with many standing ovations at the curtain calls. The production divided the critics however - Lars Henriksen's new translation together with Christopher Cowell's modern interpretation proved too much for some of the more conservative Danish critics. There were, however, many fine reviews:

"Aarhus Sommeropera hit the target with a militant, funny, and masterfully-sung new interpretation of Mozart's comic love-classic, Cosi fan Tutte" (Jyllandsposten) *****

"A good effort, with new up to date translation and fine singers and orchestra, with entertaining use of the old stage in Helsingør Thaetre. There is lots of well-timed comedy and musically, the performance is very successfull and euphonius." (Aarhus Stiftstidende) ****

"The singers are, as always with Aarhus Sommeropera, young and good. The most experienced, Elsebeth Dreisig as Fiordiligi demonstrated her capacity for mastering the larger soprano roles. It was pleasing to meet Maria Kontra as a Fiordligi's feisty sister Dorabella. Thomas Storm was a convincing Guglielmo - we will undoubtedly hear more of him. It was a pleasant surprise to hear a French tenor (sic) Dominique Moralez sing such good Danish. Having heard his Almamviva at Den Jyske Opera, it was less surprising that his singing of Mozart was beautiful and steady. The instigator of the bet on women's fidelity was effeciently sung by Jens Bruno Hansen, and Lise-Lotte Nielsen was a charming Despina, with a special conducive knowledge of the fairer sex." (John Christiansen - www.jc-klassisk.dk)