COSÌ FAN TUTTE

BY WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Part Two of the Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy
November 21–December 3, 2021



To Have and to Hold—Till Bets Do Them Part


War looms in Europe. But tucked away in an opulent 1930s country club, two soldiers gamble on the most precious prize of all—love.

Following The Marriage of Figaro comes the second chapter in director Michael Cavanagh’s trilogy that weaves together the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Henrik Nánási conducts an all-star ensemble—featuring Nicole Cabell, Irene Roberts, Benjamin Bliss, John Brancy, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Nicole Heaston.

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Libretto By Lorenzo Da Ponte | Sung in Italian with English supertitles

 

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RUNNING TIME

Running time is approximately 3 hours, 26 minutes, including one intermission

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Why You Should See It

Take the seductions and mixed-up romances of Shakespeare comedies like A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Twelfth Night, and stir in some zany social satire, Figaro-style.

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Sunday 11/21/21 2:00PM
Tuesday 11/23/21 7:30PM
Saturday 11/27/21 7:30PM
Wednesday 12/01/21 7:30PM Buy Tickets
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Reviews

...exquisite company debut of tenor Ben Bliss as Ferrando...Bliss’s sweet tenor — fluid, bright, full of subtly shifting tone colors — seemed to have an element of heartbreak built in from the beginning. His Act 1 aria, “Un’ aura amorosa,” brought a breathtaking depth of emotion and expressivity to the performance.

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As Guglielmo, baritone John Brancy...shone exuberantly in his solo arias.

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The two women were deftly played by soprano Nicole Cabell as the vigorous, high-flying Fiordiligi, and mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts as her earthier, more knowing sister Dorabella.

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Don Alfonso...was embodied in all his suavity and assurance by bass Ferruccio Furlanetto...

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...as the maid Despina, soprano Nicole Heaston gave a brilliant performance marked by hilarious resourcefulness and psychological nuance.

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SYNOPSIS

Best friends Guglielmo and Ferrando are so convinced of their fiancées’ devotion that they’re willing to gamble on it, disguising themselves as strangers to test the women’s fidelity.

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Cast and Creative

CAST
Fiordiligi Nicole Cabell
Dorabella Irene Roberts
Ferrando Ben Bliss *
Guglielmo John Brancy
Don Alfonso Ferruccio Furlanetto
Despina Nicole Heaston

PERFORMANCES

November 21, 23, 27; December 1, 3

CREATIVE
Conductor Henrik Nánási
Director Michael Cavanagh
Set and Projection Designer Erhard Rom
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer Jane Cox
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

A new production of San Francisco Opera.

 

Previous performances of Così fan tutte can be found in our Archive

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MADE POSSIBLE BY

This production is made possible, in part, by Carol Franc Buck Foundation; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions; Koret Foundation; Bernard and Barbro Osher; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; Thomas Tilton Production Fund; and Joan and David Traitel.

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