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Cosi Fan Tutte © Agathe Poupeney

Mozart Così fan tutte

From 10 July TO 13 July 2020
Palais Garnier - Paris
Program

Mozart : Così fan tutte

3h25 with 1 interval Sung in : Italian
Cast
  • Rosas
  • Conductor
    Antonello Manacorda
  • Director
    Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
  • Performers
    Fiordiligi: Jacquelyn Wagner
    Dorabella: Stephanie Lauricella
    Guglielmo: Philippe Sly
    Ferrando: Stephen Costello
    Despina: Ginger Costa-Jackson
    Don Alfonso: Paulo Szot
  • Choreographe
    Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Details on the Performance

Shadowing each character of Così fan tutte, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker intimately marries song and dance. She excels in rendering visible the music’s underlying geometry, transforming the stage of the Palais Garnier into a laboratory for lovers. Starting out with the idea of immutable, eternal love, all four lovers let themselves slide, little by little, towards a more complex understanding of the sentiment of love as perpetual motion. Bodies seemingly inseparable come adrift, opening up the possibility of new combinations…

 

 

 

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Palais Garnier - Paris Location Place de l’Opéra - 75009 Paris France

  • Venue's Capacity: 2054

The Venue's History in few words …

Subtitles in French and English for Operas.

 

In the land of Descartes, the words «Opéra de Paris» more readily designate a concept than an actual lyrical théâtre! Called «The Royal Academy of Music and Dance» under the reign of Monsieur de Lully and «The Impérial Academy» according to différent jolitical events, the institution was rebaptized a number of time s before settling into the "alais Garnier in 1875. This sumptuous édifice, with every last détail (including the door 'cnobs...) designed by Charles Garnier, brings together the most eclectic architectural éléments. When Napoléon III worried about the buildings differing styles, Garnier reassured him by explaining "hat the design was at the forefront of a new style, called «Napoléon III.» And legend has it that 'he building was constructed on a little lake, in which the Opera's administration bred fish...

 

Some call to mmd the era of Felia Litvmne (1863-1936) and her vast repertoire, including Tannhâuser, La Juive and Lully’AlCESTE. Others remember the casts billed by Jacques Rouché between 1915 and 1945, an era during which Georges Thill sung both Massenet and Wagner in French. In 1939, the Palais Garnier's Grand Opéra and the Salle Favart's Cornic Opéra were united under the manage­ment of a common admînistrator, the «Réunion des Théâtres Lyriques Nationaux.» And 1964 marks the year during which the old ceiling of the Palais Garnier was covered with a colorfiil fresco by Chagall.

 

More recently, opéra lovers recall the magnificent Liebermann years, during which, in 1973, Rolf Liebermann, then the Opera's administrator, called upon the know-how of a musical advisor named Georg Solti! In 1989, the very modem Bastille Opéra was opened and the Salle Favart became indépendant once again. The Garnier Théâtre was then reserved for dance, and. together with the Bastille, became part of the «Association des Théâtres de l'Opéra de Paris,» rebap­tized «Opéra National de Paris» in 1994. In the midst of thèse numerous changes, the Palais Garnier has recently under-gone thorough restoration, and since March 1996, lyrical productions are once again programmed on its stage. To opéra lovers' great satis­faction, the famous théâtre has thus revived its past splendeur and a programming worthy of its glorious history.

 

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Synopsis

Così fan tutte

COSI FAN TUTTE: AN INSPIRING, THRILLING WORK
Meaning "all women are like that", Cosi fan tutti is a dramatic and engaging work by the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

HISTORY
In 18th century Naples, two men aim to test the fidelity of their respective fiancees. They decide to assume disguises and see if they can seduce their fiancees whilst pretending to be other men.

Act 1
Ferrando and Gugliemo are officers in the navy. They praise the fidelity of their respective fiancees. Their friend Don Alfonso wagers that the two women are not so faithful after all. Don Alfonso comes up with a plan to test just how faithful the two women are. Don Alfonso instructs Ferrando and Gigliemo to pretend that they have been called away to fight in a battle. Then, he tells them to return disguised as Albanian men, and to each try and seduce the other's fiancee. Ferrando's fiancee Dorabella and Gugliemo's fiancee Fiordiligi are saddened as their fiances sail off to their pretended battle. The two women, who are also sisters, express their love for Ferrando and Gigliemo. Ferrando and Gigliemo return, disguised as Albanians and make straight for Dorabella and Fiordiligi. The two women do not recognise their fiances, and refuse to succumb to the 'Albanians'' seduction techniques. Still in disguise, Ferrando and Gigliemo pretend to drink poison, saying that they are so distressed at this rejection. Their accomplice, Despina, disguised as a doctor, pretends to revive them. The 'Albanians', reviving, pretend that they think Fiordiligi and Dorabella are divine goddesses who have saved them from death. They ask to kiss the two women, but are once more rejected.

Act 2
Despina convinces Fiordiligi and Dorabella that they ought to give in to the 'Albanians'' flirtatious remarks, and seductive overtures. Eventually, the two women agree. After some resistance, both women fall into the arms of the 'Albanians'. Don Alfonso is delighted to have won the wager. Gugliemo and Ferrando are angry at first, but Don Alfonso persuades them to forgive their fiancees. After all, says Don Alfonso, 'all women are like this': 'Cosi fan tutti'. Dorabella and Fiordiligi agree to marry the 'Albanians', still unaware that these men are in fact their fiances in disguise. Half way through the wedding, the 'Albanians' retire, and remove their disguises. The brides are shocked to find out that the 'Albanians' are really their long lost Neapolitan fiances.

Epilog
Unlike many other operas, Cosi fan tutti has just two acts. The opera ends with the group of lovers agreeing to forgive one another, and singing about how life involves both good and bad times.

MAIN ROLES
Fiordiligi, a Lady of Naples, soprano
Dorabella, Fiordiligi's sister, soprano
Guglielmo, Fiordiligi's fiance and a naval officer, bass
Ferrando, Dorabella's fiance and a naval officer, tenor
Despina, a maid and accomplice to Gugliemo and Ferrando, soprano
Don Alfonso, an old philosopher and friend to Gugliemo and Ferrando, bass

Palais Garnier © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / OnP

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