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Seattle Opera.

Così fan tutte

Jan. 13-27, 2018

“A ‘Così’ for the ages.”
Seattle PI

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By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Let the games begin! Love has many faces when two buddies don disguises to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. Will the women fall for their "new" suitors as the opera's title ("All women do it") suggests? And if they do, who is really to blame? Blending bawdy humor and keen insight, the charming Così features some of the sweetest and most ravishing music Mozart ever wrote.

Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed contemporary production “may be the funniest and most dramatically successful show Seattle Opera has ever staged.” –The Seattle Times

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In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes including 1 intermission

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Synopsis

Act I
Don Alfonso has raised doubts about whether the fiancées of Ferrando and Guglielmo are as faithful and virtuous as they believe. The two men defend their brides-to-be, the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi. Don Alfonso suggests a wager in which the faithfulness of the two ladies would be put to the test. Guglielmo and Ferrando agree, and all three look forward to celebrating the outcome of the bet.

Fiordiligi and Dorabella blissfully contemplate miniature portraits of their lovers. Don Alfonso arrives and breaks the news that Guglielmo and Ferrando have been summoned to serve their country; the two men enter and bid farewell to their fiancées. As arranged by Don Alfonso, a troop of soldiers arrives to collect Guglielmo and Ferrando. The two sisters and Don Alfonso wish them smooth sailing on their journey.

The sisters' personal assistant, Despina, grumbles about the injustice of her subservient position as she prepares refreshments for the ladies. Fiordiligi and Dorabella give way to their overwhelming grief but encounter unexpected advice from Despina, who tries to teach them that men are worthless and replacable. Don Alfonso enlists Despina as an accomplice in his plan to console the sisters in their lovers' absence by introducing them to two handsome, exotic visitors.

Disguised, the two men enter: neither sister recognizes them as Guglielmo and Ferrando. The men's initial attempts at seduction are met with firm rejection; Fiordiligi and Dorabella depart in anger. The two men consider their wager already won, but Don Alfonso reminds them they agreed to do his bidding until the following morning.

Later that day, the men stage a fake suicide by poison to excite the sympathy of Fiordiligi and Dorabella. The sisters call for Despina, who runs off with Don Alfonso to fetch a doctor. Despina returns in a doctor's disguise and “cures” the stricken men. Though now interested, Fiordiligi and Dorabella refuse to kiss the strangers to seal the joy of their recovery.

Act II
Despina encourages Fiordiligi and Dorabella to welcome the attentions of their new suitors. The sisters agree to join the game in order not to die of boredom while their true loves are away. Don Alfonso and the two imposters have arranged a serenade for the ladies. Guglielmo and Ferrando, in disguise, set about seducing each other's fiancée. Fiordiligi pairs off with Ferrando, Dorabella with Guglielmo. Dorabella yields to Guglielmo, accepting a token from him and giving up her miniature portrait of Ferrando. Meanwhile, Fiordiligi tells Ferrando to leave her alone; but when he has done so, she confesses that the stranger has aroused her passions, and she begs her absent fiancé's forgiveness. When the ladies have left, Guglielmo reveals to Ferrando that Dorabella has been unfaithful. As Ferrando rages, Guglielmo pontificates on the fickleness of women.

Despina congratulates Dorabella, who counsels Fiordiligi to give in to love as she has done. Fiordiligi decides that only by joining their lovers will they be safe from temptation, and she prepares to depart. But Ferrando returns and this time Fiordiligi is incapable of resisting. Now it is Guglielmo's turn to rage. Don Alfonso suggests that marriage is the only solution, and Despina leaves to find a notary to draw up the marriage contract.

The notary (Despina in disguise) enters, and the ladies sign the contract. Drums sound in the distance, and Don Alfonso reports that Guglielmo and Ferrando have returned from war. The suitors and Despina run and hide. Guglielmo and Ferrando return as themselves, and pretend to be horrified to learn that their fiancées have married other men in their absence. The women admit their shame and remorse, but point to Don Alfonso and Despina as the instigators. Guglielmo and Ferrando go after the false suitors and reemerge, revealing the deception.

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Cast

Marina Costa-Jackson

Fiordiligi

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Violetta, La traviata (Oper Köln); Micaëla, Carmen (Opéra National De Paris); Adalgisa, Norma (Dallas Opera)
Upcoming: Maria, Maria di Rohan (Washington Concert Opera); Nedda/Lauretta, Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi (Utah Opera); Violetta, La traviata (Austin Opera)

Last updated: January 2018

Marina Costa-Jackson

Fiordiligi

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 17, 24, & 27

Marjukka Tepponen

Fiordiligi

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Liisa, The Ostrobothnians (Tampere Opera, Finland); Liù, Turandot (Bregenzer Festspiele)
Upcoming: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Finnish National Opera); Marguerite, Faust (Savonlinna Opera Festival); Elisabetta, Don Carlo (Helsinki)

Last updated: January 2018

Marjukka Tepponen

Fiordiligi

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 14, 20, & 26

Tuomas Katajala

Ferrando

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Ferrando, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Tamino, The Magic Flute (Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Opéra de Limoges); Belmonte, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Savonlinna Opera Festival)
Upcoming: Steersman, The Flying Dutchman (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Komische Oper Berlin); Iisakki, Veljeni Vartija, world premiere (Tampere Opera, Finland)

Last updated: January 2018

Tuomas Katajala

Ferrando

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 17, 24, & 27

Ben Bliss

Ferrando

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Ferrando, Così fan tutte
At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw

Hometown: Prairie Village, Kansas
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Oper Frankfurt); Tamino, The Magic Flute (Opera Philadelphia); Camille de Rosillon, The Merry Widow (Gran Teatre del Liceu)
Upcoming: Ferrando, Così fan tutte, and Tamino, The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera); Robert Wilson, Doctor Atomic (Santa Fe Opera)

Last updated: December 2017

Ben Bliss

Ferrando

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 14, 20, & 26

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Dorabella

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Dorabella, Così fan tutte
At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Carmen, Carmen

Hometown: Palermo, Sicily
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Despina, Così fan tutte (Opéra National de Paris); Carmen, Carmen (Palacio de Bellas Artes and San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: Maddalena, Rigoletto (LA Opera); Gondi, Maria di Rohan (Washington Concert Opera)

Last updated: December 2017

 

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Dorabella

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 17, 24, & 27

Hanna Hipp

Dorabella

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Dorabella, Così fan tutte, and Beatrice, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Kraków, Poland
Seattle Opera Debut: Isolier, Count Ory (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Isabella, The Italian Girl in Algiers (Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier); The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Magdalena, Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg (Royal Opera, Covent Garden)
Upcoming: Frances, Gloriana (Teatro Real); Clairon, Capriccio (Garsington Opera); Hansel, Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera Covent Garden)

Last updated: February 2018

Hanna Hipp

Dorabella

Jan. 14, 20, & 26

Craig Verm

Guglielmo

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, and Claudio, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Houston, TX
Seattle Opera Debut
Previously at Seattle Opera: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Doug Hansen, Everest (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Tancredi, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda/Daniel, I Have No Stories to Tell (Opera Philadelphia); Billy Budd, Billy Budd (Des Moines Metro Opera)
Upcoming: Masetto, Don Giovanni (Dallas Opera); Haly, The Italian Girl in Algiers (Santa Fe Opera)

Last updated: February 2018

Craig Verm

Guglielmo

Jan. 13, 17, 24, & 27

Michael Adams

Guglielmo

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Marcello, La bohème (Grand Théâtre de Genève); Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni (Washington National Opera); Donald, Billy Budd (Des Moines Metro Opera)
Upcoming: Masetto, Don Giovanni (Grand Théâtre de Genève); Zurga, The Pearl Fishers (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Last updated: January 2018

Michael Adams

Guglielmo

Jan. 14, 20, & 26

Laura Tatulescu

Despina

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Despina, Così fan tutte, and Hero, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Munich, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut: Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro ('16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Despina, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Despina, Così fan tutte (Opéra de Lille); Marzelline, Fidelio (Cincinnati Opera); Norina, Don Pasquale (Florida Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Despina, Così fan tutte (Korean National Opera);Karolka, Jenůfa (Bavarian State Opera) 

Last updated: February 2018

Laura Tatulescu

Despina

Jan. 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26, & 27

Kevin Burdette

Don Alfonso

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte, and Somarone, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Seattle Opera Debut: Mustafà, L’italiana in Algeri (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera:  Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte (’18); Masetto, Don Giovanni (’07)
Recently: Señor Russell, The Exterminating Angel (The Metropolitan Opera); Stobrod Thewes, Cold Mountain (Santa Fe Opera); Sulpice, The Daughter of the Regiment (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Sacristan, Tosca (Philadelphia Orchestra); Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin, and Cacambo, Candide, and Major Domo, Ariadne auf Naxos(Santa Fe Opera)

Last updated: February 2018

Kevin Burdette

Don Alfonso

Jan. 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26, & 27

Cast

Creative Team

Jonathan Miller

Original Stage Director and Production Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Così fan tutte

Hometown: London, UK
Seattle Opera Debut: Eugene Onegin (’02)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Così fan tutte (’06)
Jonathan Miller’s career as a director and producer includes Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, and on BBC Television; opera at English National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera and across Europe; as well as TV documentaries, satires, and reviews. Several of his productions—Rigoletto, La bohème, and The Mikado (from English National Opera) and Così fan tutte and Don Pasquale—are frequently re-mounted in European and American opera houses.

Last updated: January 2018

Jonathan Miller

Original Stage Director and Production Designer

Harry Fehr

Stage Director

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Così fan tutte

Hometown: London, UK
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: L'elisir d'amore (Den Jyske Opera); Falstaff (Shanghai Opera House); Ariodante (Scottish Opera)
Upcoming: Tosca (De Nederlandse Reisopera)

Last updated: September 2017

Harry Fehr

Stage Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Paul Daniel

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Così fan tutte

Hometown: London, UK
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Il pirata and The Pearl Fishers (Opéra National de Bordeaux); La clemenza di Tito (Sächsische Staatsoper)
Upcoming: The Golden Pavilion (Opéra National du Rhin); Pinocchio and Elektra (Opéra National de Bordeaux)

Last updated: January 2018

 

Paul Daniel

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Cynthia Savage

Associate Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Così fan tutte

 
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: The Ballad of Baby Doe (’92)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Porgy and Bess (’11); Pagliacci (’08) 
Recently: Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain, Newsies (Village Theatre) 

Last updated: January 2018

Cynthia Savage

Associate Costume Designer

Neil Peter Jampolis

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Così fan tutte

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: The Magic Flute (’87)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Pearl Fishers (’09); Iphigenia in Tauris (’07); Così fan tutte (’06)
Recently: Iris (Bard Opera); Rules of Seconds (Los Angeles Theater Company); The Magic Flute (Portland Opera)

Last updated: October 2017

Neil Peter Jampolis

Lighting Designer

John A. Garofalo

Associate Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Così fan tutte

Hometown: Washington D.C.
Seattle Opera Debut

Recently: The Tragedy of Carmen (San Diego Opera), Porgy and Bess (Ensemble Theatre Company), Projection Designer, The Magic Flute (Portland Opera),  Still Life (Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet)

Upcoming: The Happiest Song Plays Last (The Los Angeles Theatre Center)

Updated January 2018

John A. Garofalo

Associate Lighting Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Creative Team

Orchestra, Chorus, & Additional Artists

Orchestra

Violin I
Jennifer Bai
Timothy Garland, Concertmaster
Adrianna Hulscher
Leonid Keylin
Mae Lin
Jennifer Caine Provine
Mikhail Shmidt, Asst. Concertmaster
John Weller

Violin II
Gennady Filimonov, Principal
Evan Anderson, Asst. Principal
Natalia Bazhanov
Xiao-po Fei
Artur Girksy
Victoria Parker

Viola
Timothy Hale, Principal
Aaron Conitz
Wesley Dyring
Allison Farkas
Sayaka Kokubo, Asst. Principal
Laura Renz

Cello
Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, Principal
Eric Han, Asst. Principal
Roberta Downey
David Sabee

Bass
Jordan Anderson, Principal
Travis Gore, Asst.Principal
Todd Larsen

Flute
Demarre McGill, Principal
Robin Peery

Oboe
Ben Hausmann, Principal
Chengwen Winnie Lai

Clarinet
Emil Khudyev, Principal
Eric Jacobs

Bassoon
Paul Rafanelli, Principal
Dana Bliss

Horn
Mark Robbins, Principal
Jenna Breen

Trumpet
David Gordon, Principal
Christopher Stingle

Timpani
Matt Decker, Principal

Continuo
Paul Daniel, fortepiano
Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, cello

Personnel Manager
Scott Wilson

Assistant Personnel Manager
Keith Higgins

The Orchestra is composed of members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Rotating members of the string section are listed alphabetically.

 

Chorus

Soprano
Karen Early Evans
Mary McLaughlin
Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox

Mezzo
Lorraine Burdick
Laura Eichelberger
YeonSoo Lee

Tenor
Jon Farmer
Tim Janecke
Stephen Wall

Bass/Baritone
Ryan Bede
Michael Dunlap
Craig Grayson

 

 

Supernumeraries

Shawn Kavon
Rich Lewis
Laura McFarlane
T.J. Mustard
Miriam Tobin
Regina Lammers

 

 

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