Washington National Opera presents Così fan tutte (Emerging Artist Performances)
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The last date listed for Così fan tutte was Sunday March 11, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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This is a new, modern translation of an 18th C opera...if you're unfamiliar with Mozart, it's as good a place to start as any. The story is flimsy (but then, so are a lot of today's movie scripts) and it's kind of silly so there's a suspension of belief necessary (same as today's movies). The modern translation (super titles) is very good, especially for young adults..funny, clever, local. But...it's long (3.5 hrs) and parts are slow.
This is a 300+ year old art form and expect a lot of old people--who will expect a certain behavior: pay attention (even if you think about something else--pretend), don't read/page thru your program, read email, talk to your date, or squirm. Opera lovers hate that--and applaud when the rest of the audience does (for the conductor and at the end of an aria--that's when a character(s) sings a long passage...and at the end of each scene and act.
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We loved the opera. However, we are more used to traditional costuming and staging. We were pleased to see so many young people who seemed to be enjoying themselves. If this is what it takes to get young people interested that is fine with us.
Emerging Artist Performances
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s _Così fan tutte _
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, D.C. WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin conducts Mozart’s score, packed with biting comedy and poignant beauty.
These unique performances are part of WNO’s ongoing access initiative to introduce new artists to Washington and new audiences to the Opera. Casting for these performances features members and alumni of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.