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Dirty and Barefooted on the Stage of Teatro Alla Scala

On June 19, 2014, the premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Teatro alla Scala blew away the audience with the barefooted singers and the virtuosic physical activity happening on stage. Every single time Ferrando went flying down the stairs head first, I had this unfathomable fright that a fall was going to occur. Guglielmo hanging upside down from the stairwell also was quite frightening.Dorabella was having some emotional difficulties when she climbed on a wooden plank and began to sing. Making someone sing in such harsh conditions is atrociously wicked. Are they singers or gymnasts?
Daniel Barenboim, although impressively conducting with a towel on the music stand instead of a score, sometimes aroused the sudden desire to sleep in certain members of the audience. His life supply of water below the music stand was something unique and exquisite, nothing of the like have I seen in other opera houses before.
Maria Bengtsson performed the ardent and near-sighted Fio…