The Washington National Opera presents COSÌ FAN TUTTE in a creative new staging and with an all-star cast
In a new production, the Washington National Opera will present Così fan tutte, March 12-26, 2022 at the Eisenhower Theater, marking the first fully staged production since March 2020. Mozart’s classic will return in a new production integrating performers and l orchestra together on the stage of the intimate Eisenhower theatre. This will allow the action to unfold close to the audience as it follows the rapid comic and tragic turns of the four young lovers. Despite Mozart’s deep understanding of the human heart, this version takes a close look at the central actions of deception between couples and invites us to ask whether the deceivers are the men or the women? Mozart called it Cosi fan tutte (women are like that), but is Cosi fan tutti (men are like that) more appropriate?
Hailed as one of the greatest basses of our time, legendary Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto plays the role of Don Alfonso, the “puppeteer” of the intrigue experiment on fidelity and human behavior. Furlanetto – in his WNO debut – is one of the most sought-after singers in the world and critics praise him for his vast range, thunderous vocal power and excellent acting ability. The production will also feature “radiant” soprano (Opera Today) Laura Wilde and one of the most exciting mezzo-sopranos singing today Rihab Chaieb as sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella in their own WNO debut. Highly sought-after operatic tenor Kang Wang and “awesome” baritone (Opera Wire) Andrey Zhilikhovsky take on the roles of Ferrando and Guglielmo, respectively. Grammy Award-winning soprano Ana María Martínez makes her debut as Despina, returning to WNO in a lead role after a decade-long absence. Martínez made an appearance in December as part of a tribute to bass-baritone Justino Díaz during the annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Mozart’s major stylist, Erina Yashima, is making an important American operatic debut following numerous successes on concert stages in Europe. Yashima joins daring director, Alison Moritz, who has directed two new works for the American Opera Initiative series – Proving Up and Taking Up Serpents. Moritz and his design team created an elegant production featuring period costumes with a strong theatrical interpretation.
Visit WNO website for full production details and casting information.