Production Language Italian
Country of Origin United States
Description Co-production with BAM.
Così fan tutte, W.A. Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte's 1790 take on women as sexual beings who can yearn and desire, deceive and succumb, was radical in its time and for a century the text was censored to be more 'chaste.' Even today the intricacies of this masterful comedy offer both enigmatic and illuminating insights into the nature of love, trust, and fidelity.
This spring, Jonathan Miller brings Così to the intimate Harvey Theater, the same space where he revitalized such works as L'incoronazione di Poppea (1996) and the St. Matthew Passion (1997 & 2001). Inspired by his acclaimed 1995 staging at the Royal Opera House, "Miller's penetrating psychological realism brilliantly conveys the bittersweet message buried at the heart of Mozart's comedy" (Mail on Sunday, UK).
The central plot revolves around two young men's wager on their lovers' faithfulness. In disguise, each pursues the other's fiancée, but the
stunt goes too far and heartbreak threatens. Miller dresses his cast in
contemporary designer-wear, yet places them in an abstract, timeless setting. Along with some wonderful young singers, the production boasts two great veteran soloists in important roles: American soprano Helen Donath as Despina, and British baritone Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso, the old rascal who sets the romantic quadrangle turning with the idea for the bet. Robert Spano and the Brooklyn Philharmonic will make the sublime score soar forth from Così's emotional depths.