Deceit & desire takes centre stage as the Singapore Lyric Opera presents Mozart's Così fan tutte

Six talented singers from Asia Pacific will be performing for the Singapore Lyric Opera's (SLO) Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Esplanade Theatre on Feb 28, March 1 and 3.

Commonly translated as "Women Are Like That", the opera is a comedy of deceit and desire that was first performed in 1790. Helming the production of the opera, which tells a story of a joke gone wrong and the heartbreak and consequences that ensued after, is British-born director, Tom Hawkes, who has also directed Così fan tutte eight times in his 40-year career.

He said: "I have tried to approach the work from a fresh angle with each new production, which keeps the production fresh and new for the audience, the cast and for me!"

Soprano Rachelle Gerodias, one of the Philippines' most-sought after singers, will take on the complex role of Fiordiligi.

Audience can expect a modern and stylish twist to the classic that still retains the elegant charm of Mozart's operas.

shereeni@sph.com.sg