Cosi fan tutte

Music by W. A. Mozart

Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Minnesota Opera, 2011

"Director Peter Rothstein shapes the production, the company’s first “Cosi” in 20 years, with a sage hand. Breathing life into his characters, he adroitly manages the work’s progression from slapstick to seriousness.  And with the meteorological event that he conjures at the very end of the opera, Rothstein adds an ironic twist that Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte would have savored."

- Larry Fuchsberg, Star Tribune

"Peter Rothstein, whose staging of “Cosi” opened Minnesota Opera’s 49th season at the Ordway Center this past weekend—his first effort for this company—treats the opera with respect. He dispenses with the customary sight-gags and pratfalls that give comic opera a bad name, letting the humor instead grow out of character."

- Michael Anthony, MinnPost.com

" …  Perhaps you’ll enter St. Paul’s Ordway Center expecting a work not quite up to the level of Mozart’s other two collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte —“The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni” – but this production makes a compelling case for the inclusion of “Cosi fan tutte” in the masterpiece category."

- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press