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Mozart Così fan tutte

From 22 May TO 28 May 2020
Wiener Staatsoper - Wien
Program

Mozart : Così fan tutte 165 mn

Sung in : Italian
Cast
  • Conductor
    Riccardo Muti
  • Director
    Chiara Muti
  • Performers
    Fiordiligi: Mariangela Sicilia
    Dorabella: Marianne Crebassa
    Guglielmo: Alessio Arduini
    Ferrando: Giovanni Sala
    Despina: Julie Fuchs
    Don Alfonso: Marco Filippo Romano
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Wiener Staatsoper - Wien Location Opernring 2 - 1010 Wien Autriche

  • Venue's Capacity: 1709

The Venue's History in few words …

The Vienna State Opéra is much more than just a local institution; it is a vital part of the city's identity and a national landmark.

 

As of the 17th century, the Hapsburgs lavishly patronized the opéra. Family members Ferdinand III and Leopold I composed for the théâtre, while Charles VI tried his hand at conducting the orchestra, and the Empress Maria-Theresa often mingled with the corps de ballet.

 

During the 19th century, the Karntnerthor-Theater was demolished and the présent building was constructed on the famous " Ring ". It was here that Mahler, with the help of the set designer Alfred RoUer, imposed a new style of performance, based on audacious stagings and a very précise interprétation ofthe score, which demanded countless rehearsals.

 

After the fall of the Hapsburgs, Richard Strauss took over the reins of the newly baptized Vienna State Opéra. Curiously enough, only one of Strauss'operas, THE WOMAH WITHOUT A SHADOW, was premiered in Vienna. Clemens Krauss and Karl Bôhm were to follow in his footsteps. Under Bôhm's direction, the Opera created its own Company, which was to serve as a model for several générations. Even the bombs that destroyed the opéra house in 1945 could not prevent singer s such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac or Erich Kunz from becoming legendary.

 

One musn't think that the Viennese applaud only their homegrown stars. In 1955, when Maria Callas came to sing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in the reconstructed building with Karajan conducting, the public blocked traffic to pay tribute to the diva... in the street! Karajan succeeàed Karl Bôhm, and invited many international stars to corne sing on the Viennese stage. Works were henceforth sung in their language of origin, and coproductions with La Scala permitted the disco-very of voices such as that of Mirella Freni in LA BOHEME.

 

Ioan Holender has suceeded in deftly combining these international distributions with an ensemble System. He has scheduled many works never heard on the Viennese stage, which are now included in the Opera's répertoire, such as Verdi's JERUSALEM and Enesco's OEDIPE, furthering a policy instated under Claudio Abbado's brilliant direction. Whatever changes may now occur, the Opera will continue to stage at least 300 performances per season (an absolute world record ren-dered feasible thanks to the în-house technical crew, which hires no less than 250 people), and the public will continue to applaud the finest orchestra any amateur could wish for in the pit : the Vienna Philharmonie !

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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

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