Washington National Opera: Così fan tutte
In Mozart's game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted. To prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves.
- Feb. 25 - Mar. 15, 2012
- Opera House
- 3 hours, 15 minutes
- $25.00 - $300.00
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Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Production from Seattle Opera
The School for Deceptive Lovers is now in session.
What determines true love? Is it faithfulness or simply circumstance? Mozart's whimsical Così fan tutte is the wry tale of two young men who place a bet on fidelity, putting the women they love to the test through deception and seduction… What could possibly go wrong? In this sometimes farcical, sometimes unsettling comedy, the men pretend to go off to war but return in disguise, each intent on seducing the other's lady. But when the women don't react as expected, a lesson in tempting fate is learned by all, and the fickle nature of love and attraction is revealed.
Acclaimed director Jonathan Miller's modern-dress production, "a compelling piece of music theatre, wonderful in its delineation of Mozart's mix of comedy and psychological pain" (The Guardian), captures the essence of Washington, DC, with a stunning ensemble including Elizabeth Futral, Renata Pokupic, Joel Prieto, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, William Shimell, and Christine Brandes. WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin conducts Mozart's score, packed with biting comedy and poignant beauty.
Part of The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.
Emerging Artist Performances
Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists star in the Mar. 9 and 11 performances: María Eugenia Antúnez (Fiordiligi), Sarah Mesko (Dorabella), Gregory Warren (Ferrando), Aleksey Bogdanov (Guglielmo), Kenneth Kellogg (Don Alfonso), and Jegyung Yang (Despina).
Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
The performance runs approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes, with one 20-minute intermission.
Opera Insight: Free preview of Mozart's Così fan tutte on the Millennium Stage featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program on Sat., Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
Series O Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House especially designed for Generation O members and open to all Così ticket holders - Fri., Mar. 2 at 6:15 p.m. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.
Artist Q&A's follow the performances on: Sun., Mar. 4 and Mon., Mar. 12.
O-Zone Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Thu., Mar. 15 at 6:15 p.m. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.
Photos by Richard H. Smith © The Royal Opera House 2010, Così fan tutte
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Watch and Listen
Christina Scheppelmann, WNO Director of Artistic Operations, interviews Così fan tutte cast members and conductor, Philippe Auguin.
Elizabeth Futral, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Joel Prieto, Renata Pokupic, and William Shimell star in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Feb. 25 - Mar. 15, 2012 (Washington National Opera). Production from Seattle Opera; Washington National Opera - 2012
Mozart's whimsical Così fan tutte is the wry tale of two young men who place a bet on fidelity, putting the women they love to the test through deception and seduction.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is made possible through the generous support of
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Additional support is provided by
Noémi and Michael Neidorff and the Centene Charitable Foundation,
The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker, and State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.