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IN this Melbourne Opera version of Mozart's much loved comic opera, Cosi Fan Tutte is transposed from 1790 into the 1960s.
Director Suzanne Chaundy capitalises on the sexual revolution to elucidate the story, introducing a chorus of doped-up hippies carrying Make Love Not War placards to protest against the soldiers who depart for Vietnam.
The night I attended, the clowning is sometimes awkward and the staging of the chorus a bit crowded, but voices blend happily in Mozart's complex harmonies.
Emily Xiao Wang sings Fiordiligi with a pretty, effortless soprano; Angela Hogan's Dorabella is a warm mezzo with plenty of vibrato; Roy Best, as the young soldier Ferrando, has a powerful, bright tenor; and Nathan Lay's warm baritone as Guglielmo is a fine complement in their duets.