While Michael Haneke is in Los Angeles, waiting to discover how many Oscars Amour will land tomorrow, his new production of Così fan tutte premiered tonight in Madrid.
The director left a note for the audience: "I wish you an evening exciting. If you like the show, cross your fingers for me at the Oscars. If you don't, please do the same".
Haneke's production, which his proud compatriots at Kurier have pronounced "probably the best staging in years" blends period and contermporary references. Speaking earlier in the week the director said "Trying to reproduce pure historical reality is an illusion. We don't know exactly how opera was at the end of the 18th century. We only have images from the last 70 or 80 years. We have a duty to transpose the work to the present".
One member of the Amour cast won't be joining Haneke on the red carpet in LA. William Shimell, who played the elderly couple's philandering son-in-law in the film, is back on stage singing the part of Don Alfonso at the Teatro Real.