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Così fan tutte

Friday October 31, 2014 - Saturday November 15, 2014

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  



Overview

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte

Sung in Italian with projected English translation

October 31, 2014 - 7:30 PM | November 2, 2014 - 2:00 PM | November 8, 2014 - 7:30 PM
November 13, 2014 - 7:30 PM | November 15, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Così fan tutte, the third and final collaboration between Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte, is a study in contrasts: a story of a friendly wager gone hilariously awry paired with music of luminous beauty.

Having bet their friend Don Alfonso that their fiancées will resist any temptation, two young men are astounded by their lovers' lack of devotion when courted by two 'Albanian' soldiers. Of course, all is forgiven at the end of the comedy. But this farce is underscored by the genius of Mozart's superb music and keen understanding of human nature.

Rachel Willis-Sørensen's Fiordiligi was "stellar... her voice is big, rich, well-tuned, and consistent from the top to the bottom of her impressively wide range. Her two great arias, Act I's "Come scoglio" an Act II's "Per pieta," were both showstoppers." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cast
Ferrando - Norman Reinhardt
Guglielmo - Jacques Imbrailo
Fiordiligi - Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Dorabella - Melody Moore
Don Alfonso - Alessandro Corbelli
Despina - Nuccia Focile

Creative Team
Conductor - Patrick Summers
Production - Gõran Järvefelt
Director - Harry Silverstein
Set & Costume Designer - Carl-Friedrich Oberle
Lighting Designer - Duane Schuler
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master - Richard Bado

A production of Houston Grand Opera.

Synopsis

Two young soldiers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, brag about their fiancées' virtue and faithfulness to their cynical friend Don Alfonso. Alfonso bets that their brides-to-be would stray if put to the test, and the men accept his wager. Alfonso tells the fiancées—the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella—that their intended husbands are to join their regiment immediately, and they bid a tearful farewell. Then, enlisting the help of the ladies' maid, Despina, Alfonso introduces Fiordiligi and Dorabella to two “Albanians”—Ferrando and Guglielmo in disguise. Under cover of anonymity, each man begins to pursue the other's fiancée, and within one day they have won their hearts. The truth comes out at a phony double wedding for the re-matched couples arranged by Don Alfonso, and all are forced to reflect and forgive.

Cast/Creative Team

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

Göran Järvefelt
Production

Harry Silverstein
Director

Carl Friedrich Oberle
Set and Costume Designer

Duane Schuler
Lighting Designer

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Media

There are not any current media reviews available for this production at this time.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte

Sung in Italian with projected English translation

October 31, 2014 - 7:30 PM | November 2, 2014 - 2:00 PM | November 8, 2014 - 7:30 PM
November 13, 2014 - 7:30 PM | November 15, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Così fan tutte, the third and final collaboration between Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte, is a study in contrasts: a story of a friendly wager gone hilariously awry paired with music of luminous beauty.

Having bet their friend Don Alfonso that their fiancées will resist any temptation, two young men are astounded by their lovers' lack of devotion when courted by two 'Albanian' soldiers. Of course, all is forgiven at the end of the comedy. But this farce is underscored by the genius of Mozart's superb music and keen understanding of human nature.

Rachel Willis-Sørensen's Fiordiligi was "stellar... her voice is big, rich, well-tuned, and consistent from the top to the bottom of her impressively wide range. Her two great arias, Act I's "Come scoglio" an Act II's "Per pieta," were both showstoppers." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cast
Ferrando - Norman Reinhardt
Guglielmo - Jacques Imbrailo
Fiordiligi - Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Dorabella - Melody Moore
Don Alfonso - Alessandro Corbelli
Despina - Nuccia Focile

Creative Team
Conductor - Patrick Summers
Production - Gõran Järvefelt
Director - Harry Silverstein
Set & Costume Designer - Carl-Friedrich Oberle
Lighting Designer - Duane Schuler
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master - Richard Bado

A production of Houston Grand Opera.

Two young soldiers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, brag about their fiancées' virtue and faithfulness to their cynical friend Don Alfonso. Alfonso bets that their brides-to-be would stray if put to the test, and the men accept his wager. Alfonso tells the fiancées—the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella—that their intended husbands are to join their regiment immediately, and they bid a tearful farewell. Then, enlisting the help of the ladies' maid, Despina, Alfonso introduces Fiordiligi and Dorabella to two “Albanians”—Ferrando and Guglielmo in disguise. Under cover of anonymity, each man begins to pursue the other's fiancée, and within one day they have won their hearts. The truth comes out at a phony double wedding for the re-matched couples arranged by Don Alfonso, and all are forced to reflect and forgive.

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

Göran Järvefelt
Production

Harry Silverstein
Director

Carl Friedrich Oberle
Set and Costume Designer

Duane Schuler
Lighting Designer

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

There are not any current media reviews available for this production at this time.


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