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Michael Haneke
Compare Michael Haneke's 'Cosi' with the L.A. Phil's
Compare Michael Haneke's 'Cosi' with the L.A. Phil's

When the Austrian director Michael Haneke picked up his Oscar for “Amour” last year, he was all smiles. The acclaim for “Amour” offered classical music lovers something to smile about as well, since Haneke’s sensitive use of Schubert is essential in making the disturbing story about aging engrossing and moving. Operagoers in Madrid, however, were maybe a little more inclined to frown that Oscar night, given that Haneke was not on hand to take a curtain call for his inspired new production of Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte” at Teatro Real. That production is now on DVD and Blu-ray. It is Oscar quality, and this weekend is an excellent time to...