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Hussein Chalayan
Dudamel and the L.A. Phil illuminate, elevate 'Cosi fan Tutte'
Dudamel and the L.A. Phil illuminate, elevate 'Cosi fan Tutte'

Dudamel sings! It is a rare playful moment in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's nasty yet startlingly illuminating new production of "Così fan Tutte" and a tiny surprise, which I have now spoiled. But at its most elevated, opera is an art form liberated from spoiler alerts. It is not about what happens that matters but what is behind what happens that needs be explored. The story of "Così" is trivial and unbelievable. Yet the lesson of Mozart's wisest, wittiest, most mysterious, most disturbing opera and most viably contemporary opera is that liberation in love requires a despoiling of not innocence but expectations. So enter into Walt Disney...

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