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Così fan tutte

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Jan. 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26, & 27, 2018

Mozart's comedy about sex. (Sort of.)

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Overview

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Two buddies don disguises to test the faithfulness of their fiancées—and soon the game is on! Will the women fall for their new suitors? And if they do, who is really to blame? This quirky comedy of (bad) manners endures as one of opera’s most astute masterpieces, distinguished by a steady stream of ravishing melody—the sweetest and most passionate music Mozart ever wrote. Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed contemporary production “may be the funniest and most dramatically successful show Seattle Opera has ever staged.” –The Seattle Times

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Così fan tutte is currently available to purchase as part of a season ticket package. Individual opera tickets go on sale May 24. Remind Me

In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes with 1 intermission

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Synopsis

Act I
Don Alfonso has raised doubts about whether the fiancées of Ferrando and Guglielmo are as faithful and virtuous as they believe. The two men defend their brides-to-be, the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi. Don Alfonso suggests a wager in which the faithfulness of the two ladies would be put to the test. Guglielmo and Ferrando agree, and all three look forward to celebrating the outcome of the bet.

Fiordiligi and Dorabella blissfully contemplate miniature portraits of their lovers. Don Alfonso arrives and breaks the news that Guglielmo and Ferrando have been summoned to serve their country; the two men enter and bid farewell to their fiancées. As arranged by Don Alfonso, a troop of soldiers arrives to collect Guglielmo and Ferrando. The two sisters and Don Alfonso wish them smooth sailing on their journey.

The sisters' personal assistant, Despina, grumbles about the injustice of her subservient position as she prepares refreshments for the ladies. Fiordiligi and Dorabella give way to their overwhelming grief but encounter unexpected advice from Despina, who tries to teach them that men are worthless and replacable. Don Alfonso enlists Despina as an accomplice in his plan to console the sisters in their lovers' absence by introducing them to two handsome, exotic visitors.

Disguised, the two men enter: neither sister recognizes them as Guglielmo and Ferrando. The men's initial attempts at seduction are met with firm rejection; Fiordiligi and Dorabella depart in anger. The two men consider their wager already won, but Don Alfonso reminds them they agreed to do his bidding until the following morning.

Later that day, the men stage a fake suicide by poison to excite the sympathy of Fiordiligi and Dorabella. The sisters call for Despina, who runs off with Don Alfonso to fetch a doctor. Despina returns in a doctor's disguise and “cures” the stricken men. Though now interested, Fiordiligi and Dorabella refuse to kiss the strangers to seal the joy of their recovery.

Act II
Despina encourages Fiordiligi and Dorabella to welcome the attentions of their new suitors. The sisters agree to join the game in order not to die of boredom while their true loves are away. Don Alfonso and the two imposters have arranged a serenade for the ladies. Guglielmo and Ferrando, in disguise, set about seducing each other's fiancée. Fiordiligi pairs off with Ferrando, Dorabella with Guglielmo. Dorabella yields to Guglielmo, accepting a token from him and giving up her miniature portrait of Ferrando. Meanwhile, Fiordiligi tells Ferrando to leave her alone; but when he has done so, she confesses that the stranger has aroused her passions, and she begs her absent fiancé's forgiveness. When the ladies have left, Guglielmo reveals to Ferrando that Dorabella has been unfaithful. As Ferrando rages, Guglielmo pontificates on the fickleness of women.

Despina congratulates Dorabella, who counsels Fiordiligi to give in to love as she has done. Fiordiligi decides that only by joining their lovers will they be safe from temptation, and she prepares to depart. But Ferrando returns and this time Fiordiligi is incapable of resisting. Now it is Guglielmo's turn to rage. Don Alfonso suggests that marriage is the only solution, and Despina leaves to find a notary to draw up the marriage contract.

The notary (Despina in disguise) enters, and the ladies sign the contract. Drums sound in the distance, and Don Alfonso reports that Guglielmo and Ferrando have returned from war. The suitors and Despina run and hide. Guglielmo and Ferrando return as themselves, and pretend to be horrified to learn that their fiancées have married other men in their absence. The women admit their shame and remorse, but point to Don Alfonso and Despina as the instigators. Guglielmo and Ferrando go after the false suitors and reemerge, revealing the deception.

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Cast

Marina Costa-Jackson

Fiordiligi

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Palermo, Sicily
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Mimì, La bohème (Opera Kàöln and Michigan Opera Theatre)
Upcoming: Mimì, La bohème (Welsh National Opera) 

Marina Costa-Jackson

Fiordiligi

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 17, 24, & 27

Marjukka Tepponen

Fiordiligi

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Marguerite, Faust (Rijeka National Opera); Liù, Turandot (Bregenzer Festspiele); Indigo, Aurelia (Finnish National Opera)
Upcoming: Liisa, The Ostrobothnians (Tampere Opera, Finland); Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Finnish National Opera); Marguerite, Faust (Savonlinna Opera Festival)

Marjukka Tepponen

Fiordiligi

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 14, 20, & 26

Tuomas Katajala

Ferrando

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Ferrando, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Komische Oper Berlin); Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (Savonlinna Opera Festival); Ernesto, Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne Opera)
Upcoming: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Finnish National Opera); Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Savonlinna Opera Festival)

Tuomas Katajala

Ferrando

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 17, 24, & 27

Ben Bliss

Ferrando

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Ferrando, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Prairie Village, Kansas
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Tamino, The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera); Camille de Rosillon, Die lustige Witwe (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Oper Frankfurt)
Upcoming: Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Metropolitan Opera); Messiah (New York Philharmonic); Tamino, The Magic Flute (Opera Philadelphia) 

Ben Bliss

Ferrando

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 14, 20, & 26

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Dorabella

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Dorabella, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Palermo, Sicily
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Carmen, Carmen (Michigan Opera Theatre, Ópera de Bellas Artes, and San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: Despina, Così fan tutte (Opéra national de Paris); Carmen, Carmen (Nashville Opera)

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Dorabella

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 17, 24, & 27

Hanna Hipp

Dorabella

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Dorabella, Così fan tutte, and Beatrice, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Kraków, Poland
Seattle Opera Debut: Isolier, Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Magdalene, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glyndebourne); Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro and Beppe, L'amico Fitz (Scottish Opera)
Upcoming: Magdalene, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Page, Salome (De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam); Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne) 

Last updated: January 2017

Hanna Hipp

Dorabella

Jan. 14, 20, & 26

Craig Verm

Guglielmo

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Papageno, The Magic Flute 
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, and Claudio, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Houston, TX
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ping, Turandot (Pittsburgh Opera);Count, Capriccio (Santa Fe Opera); Belcore, L'elisir d'amore (Opera Philadelphia)
Upcoming: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, and Claudio, Beatrice and Benedict (Seattle Opera); Billy Budd, Billy Budd (Des Moines Metro Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Craig Verm

Guglielmo

Jan. 13, 17, 24, & 27

Michael Adams

Guglielmo

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Marcello, La bohème (Grand Théâtre de Genève); Ping, Turandot (Deutsche Oper Berlin; Lescaut, Manon (Des Moines Metro Opera)
Upcoming: Ping, Turandot (Des Moines Metro Opera); Melisso, Alcina (Washington National Opera); Marcello, La bohème (Utah Opera)

 

Michael Adams

Guglielmo

Jan. 14, 20, & 26

Laura Tatulescu

Despina

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Despina, Così fan tutte, and Hero, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Munich, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut: Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro ('16)
Recently: Musetta, La bohème (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino); Marzelline, Fidelio (Cincinnati Opera); Norina, Don Pasquale (Florida Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Karolka, Jenůfa (Bayerische Staatsoper)

Laura Tatulescu

Despina

Jan. 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26, & 27

Kevin Burdette

Don Alfonso

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte, and Somarone, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Seattle Opera Debut: Mustafà, L’italiana in Algeri (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Masetto, Don Giovanni (’07)
Recently: Stefano, The Tempest (Metropolitan Opera); Stobrod Thewes, Cold Mountain (Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia); Sulpice, The Daughter of the Regiment (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Beck Weathers, Everest (The Dallas Opera); General Polkan, The Golden Cockerel (Santa Fe Opera); Nick Shadow, The Rake's Progress (Boston Lyric Opera)

Kevin Burdette

Don Alfonso

Jan. 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26, & 27

Cast

Creative Team

Jonathan Miller

Original Stage Director and Production Design

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Così fan tutte

Hometown: London, UK
Seattle Opera Debut: Eugene Onegin (’02)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Così fan tutte (’06)
Recently: La clemenza di Tito (Opernhaus Zürich); La bohème (Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro Lirico di Cagliari)
Upcoming: Rigoletto (English National Opera); Don Giovanni (ABAO, Bilbao); The Marriage of Figaro (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari)

Jonathan Miller

Original Stage Director and Production Design

Paul Daniel

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Così fan tutte

Hometown: London, UK
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: La clemenza di Tito (Semperoper Dresden); Hansel and Gretel (Teatro Real Madrid); Les Troyens (Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Upcoming: Elektra (Bordeaux); Kinkakuji (Strasbourg); Peter Grimes (Enescu Festival Bucharest)

Paul Daniel

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Creative Team

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