Sunday, July 10, 2016
Where: The Paramount Theater
Cost: $75 / $70 (Mid-Week Discount) / $65 / $60 (Mid-Week Discount) / $50 / $45 (Mid-Week Discount) / $25
COSI FAN TUTTE
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The summer season kicks off with Così fan tutte, one of Mozart’s most memorable operas. The witty and heartfelt story begins with a game of love and seduction when two young men decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity, only for both couples to discover the fickleness of attraction. This comedic classic, full of mistaken identities, deceptive servants, jealous lovers, and sublime music, is a production you won’t want to miss.
The cast features Mireille Asselin (Metropolitan Opera, Wolf Trap Opera), recently recognized by the New York Classical Review for “one of the most enchanting performances of 2015” following her appearance as Adele in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, as the clever maid Despina, as well as Brian Kontes (Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera) as the hilarious and conniving Don Alfonso. Cassandra Velasco (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Melinda Whittington (Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Carolina), Joshua Dennis (Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera), and Andrew Garland (Seattle Opera, Opera Philadelphia) complete the cast as the four scheming lovers. Andrea Dorf McGray (Washington National Opera, Aspen Music Festival) directs, updating Mozart’s masterpiece to the twenty-first century, and Maestro Steven Jarvi, Resident Conductor of St. Louis Symphony, returns to Ash Lawn Opera for the sixth consecutive year to conduct a vibrant orchestra with players from prestigious symphonies around the country.