Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
31 May, 2, 6*, 8*, 14, 16, 20*, 22 June at 7.15pm
New production by Opera Holland Park
Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus
Performance finishes at 10.20pm and includes a 20 minute interval
Mozart’s sparkling comic opera of assumed identities and infidelity, Così fan tutte, begins with a bet as Don Alfonso sets out to prove that no woman can be faithful to her lover. Head over heels in a double romance with two sisters from Ferrara, the young soldiers Guglielmo and Ferrando put Fiordiligi and Dorabella to the test, pretending to go to war but returning, in exotic disguise, to seduce each other’s fiancée.
What starts as an innocent game turns into a cruel test as Dorabella and Fiordiligi’s fidelity begins to waver. Aided and abetted by Despina, the sisters’ maid, herself disguised as a doctor, Don Alfonso seems sure to win the bet. A wedding party is planned but who will end up with whom? In a sublime evening of al fresco serenades, vocal fireworks and volcanic emotions, anything could happen.
Photos by © Robert Workman and Ali Wright for Opera Holland Park.
*Concessions are available on certain dates (£3 off yellow price zone only)
Cast and Creatives
|Conductor||Dane Lam (George Jackson will be conducting on 14 June)|
|Lighting Designer||Rory Beaton|
|Don Alfonso||Peter Coleman-Wright|