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Così fan tutte

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Saturday 11 December 202119:00
Programme
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)Così fan tutteLibretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Performers
Zurich Opera
Christopher MouldsConductor
Kirill SerebrennikovDirector
Evgeny KulaginSet Designer, Choreography
Tatyana DolmatovskayaCostume Designer
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Nikolay SimonovAssistant set designer
Beate BreidenbachDramaturgy
Ruzan MantashyanSopranoFiordiligi
Anna GoryachovaMezzo-sopranoDorabella
Konstantin ShushakovBaritoneGuglielmo
Mauro PeterTenorFerrando
Edwin Crossley-MercerBaritoneDon Alfonso
Rebeca OlveraSopranoDespina
Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus
Ernst RaffelsbergerChoirmaster / chorus director
Claudius HerrmannCello

Almost all of Mozart’s operas are about the inscrutable nature of love – but none as exclusively as Così fan tutte. In this work, everything initially appears to be simple, clear, and unassailable. Ferrando and Guglielmo are in love with their fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi. And the men will bet anyone that their lovers are faithful – even Don Alfonso, who’s pretty sure he can prove otherwise. But what starts out as a harmless game turns into a cruel experiment of the heart that ultimately leaves everyone reeling. Each of the characters is forced to recognize that what they think they feel and what they actually feel are in agonizing contrast with one another. Mozart looks deep into his characters’ conflicted and wavering hearts; he has a capacity unlike any other to use music to explain the complexity of their emotional state. But Mozart is no moralist. He doesn’t condemn his figures, and the result is a work of musical theater that presents unfathomable depths of feeling in a brilliantly light, thoroughly comical manner. However, in this work, unfathomable depths are by no means the preserve of women: così fan tutti. This dense and radically modern production by Kirill Serebrennikov is from 2018, and was developed under unique conditions. The Russian director was under house arrest in Moscow and unable to attend rehearsals. But that didn’t diminish his artistic powers, and critics and audiences alike were thrilled by his results. Returning for this revival production are Ruzan Mantashyan and Anna Goryachova as Fiordiligi and Dorabella, as well as Rebeca Olvera as Despina; all three women sang for the premiere. Joining the cast is tenor Mauro Peter, making his debut as Ferrando; Konstantin Shushakov will bow as his mate Guglielmo. The Philharmonia Zurich is conducted by Christopher Moulds, an Englishman equally experienced in both Baroque and Classical repertoire.

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