Così fan tutte – ‘women are all, and always, so’ – is Mozart and Da Ponte’s final comic masterpiece. Sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are enjoying a holiday in Coney Island with their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo. The two couples are enjoying the sights and sounds of the fun fair on the boardwalk, where the sideshow performers keep them entertained. However, the fairground is a place where anything can happen – and its manipulative master, Don Alfonso, has a game to play with the lovers…
Against the erotic pulse of Mozart’s sublime music, love, lust and desire are played out in a world in which the boundaries between what is real and what is make-believe are blurred. Improbable’s inspirational Phelim McDermott returns to direct Mozart’s classic six-hander following the recent triumphs of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha and The Perfect American at the London Coliseum.
Ryan Wigglesworth, award-winning ENO Composer in Residence, conducts a strong cast led by ENO Harewood Artist Kate Valentine and internationally renowned mezzo Christine Rice as the duped fiancées, while outstanding baritone Roderick Williams (Medea, Sunken Garden) plays the cynical Don Alfonso, who sets the deception in motion.
A co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Così fan tutte is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 3hrs 10mins (including 1 interval)
Signed performance Thu 19 Jun. Pre Performance Talk: Thu 22 May with Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor and ENO’s composer in residence plus plus Sarah Lenton, opera and theatre historian.
Così fan tutte cast and creative team
Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth
Director Phelim McDermott
Set Designer Tom Pye
Costume Designer Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Translator Jeremy Sams
Fiordiligi Kate Valentine
Dorabella Christine Rice
Ferrando Randall Bills
Guglielmo Marcus Farnsworth
Don Alfonso Roderick Williams
Despina Mary Bevan