The last week in February is always a hectic time of year for Academy Award nominees. But for
The day before the Oscars are to be handed out in L.A., a new production of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte," staged by Haneke, is to debut in
The day before that, the Cesars,
The director is expected to attend the Oscar and Cesar ceremonies, but it's unclear whether he will be in Madrid for the premiere of "Cosi."
"Cosi Fan Tutte" has been on Haneke's radar for a number of years. He was first expected to direct it at
The ensemble cast of "Cosi" includes English baritone William Shimell, who will play the role of Don Alfonso. Shimell has a small role in "Amour" as the husband of
The opera's sets are by Christoph Kanter, who has worked as production designer on several Haneke movies, and the costumes are by Moidele Bickel, who worked with Haneke on his Oscar-nominated "The White Ribbon."
"Cosi" is a co-production between Madrid and La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels.
Haneke directed a 2007 production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," which set the action in a modern-day office complex based on Paris' La Defense district. The production divided critics, but it has been revived.