CULTURE

Women are all like that, at the Megaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?s ?Cosi fan tutte,? one of the Salzburg-born composer?s most famous opera buffas, comes to the Athens Concert Hall for the fourth time with performances scheduled for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.

Performed in concert form, with projected Greek supertitles, the two-act opera will feature the world-famous Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by the critically acclaimed 38-year-old Jeremie Rhorer.

Soloists performing in the opera — which roughly translates from the Italian as ?women are all like that? — will include Caroline Wenborne, Myrto Papathanasiou, Caitlin Hulcup, Adrian Erod, Gergely Nemeti and Anita Hartig.

The staging of ?Cosi fan tutte? is one of the events marking the 20th anniversary of the Athens Concert Hall — which is better known to locals as the Megaro — as it was the first opera to be staged at the white marble-and-glass venue in November 1991.

Some 200 years have passed since the opera was first performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna, in January of 1790. The themes of lust and infidelity, based on the antics of two pairs of lovers, were a bit too risque for European sensibilities in the 19th and early 20th century and the opera fell out of favor, and it was not until the 1950s that Mozart?s farcical comic opera regained its place in the standard operatic repertoire.

Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali