Così fan tutte
Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Friday, March 22, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 2:00 PM
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Conductor: Jane Glover | Director: James Alexander
Approximate running time is 3 hours with one intermission.
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Love is never a sure thing.
With a name that practically screams “master manipulator,” the cynical Don Alfonso goads two friends into making a not-so-friendly wager. Its outcome will either defend the virtue of the two sisters they love, or expose a duplicitous streak supposedly inherent in all women. Unknown to their brides-to-be, a battle of the sexes has begun, and the two men set out to test the faithfulness of their fiancées, but end up tempting Fate in the process.
In the midst of madcap machismo and pre-feminist farce, we find Mozart in Monte Carlo, sipping mojitos, reveling in the mischief, and leaving the rest of us to marvel at his musical masterpiece.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Fiordiligi – Vanessa Vasquez *
Winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Vanessa Vasquez is making her Lyric Opera debut. Vasquez is currently a fourth-year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where she has been heard as Mimì in La bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Giorgetta in Il tabarro. In upcoming seasons, she will make debuts with opera companies across the country, singing her first performances of Micaela in Carmen and Violetta in La traviata. Vasquez made her professional opera debut in Summer 2017 as Liù in Turandot with Des Moines Metro Opera. With Oberlin in Italy, she performed Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and with the Astoria Music Festival, she sang the role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas. The recipient of a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant, and 1st Prize in the 2017 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, Vasquez earned her Master of Music degree from UCLA.
Dorabella – Daniela Mack *
Daniela Mack is making her Lyric Opera debut. In the 2017-18 season, Mack created the title role in the world premiere of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Elizabeth Cree at Opera Philadelphia and returns later in the season to sing the title role in Carmen. She also recently returned to Washington National Opera as Bradamante in Alcina, debuted at the Seattle Opera as Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict, and reprised her performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in David Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK at Montreal Opera. 2017 also saw her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and her Metropolitan Opera debut in Rusalka as the Kitchen Boy. Mack also returned to Arizona Opera in 2017 as Angelina in La cenerentola and debuted at Florida Grand Opera as the title role in Carmen. Previous credits include Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Rosmira in Partenope at San Francisco Opera.
Ferrando – Alasdair Kent *
Making his Lyric Opera debut, Alasdair Kent is in his final year as a Resident Artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he commenced study after making his professional debut as Don Ramiro in La cenerentola in his native Australia. This season, Kent has appeared as Steerman in Der fliegende Holländer and as Remendado in Carmen at The Dallas Opera, reprised the role of Don Ramiro at Portland Opera, sang Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri at Opéra de Toulon, Hungarian State Opera, and Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, as Mambre in Mosè in Egitto at Teatro di San Carlo, and John in George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s Written on Skin at Opera Philadelphia. His repertoire also include Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Rodrigo in Otello.
Guglielmo – John Viscardi ^
John Viscardi was a member of the inaugural class of Resident Artists at Lyric Opera of Kansas City and was last seen on our stage as the Motorcycle Cop in Dead Man Walking (2017). In 2017-18, Viscardi sang the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac at Opera Carolina and Michigan Opera Theatre, sang in Durufle’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, appeared as Malatesta in Don Pasquale at the Bar Harbor Music Festival, sang Athos in The Three Musketeers at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, appeared as Marcello in La bohème at Opera San Louis Obispo, and recorded the album Tosti: The Song of Life with Brilliant Classics. Previous credits include Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall, Carmina Burana with Opera Philadelphia, Silvio in I Pagliacci with Opera San Louis Obispo, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, and Morales in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City (2016).
Don Alfanso – Patrick Carfizzi
Patrick Carfizzi returns to Lyric Opera after appearing as Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love (2016). In the 2017-18 season, Carfizzi returned to The Metropolitan Opera as Sacristan in Tosca and Mandarino in Turandot. He also sang Dulcamara at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany, and returned to San Diego Opera as Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance. Carfizzi’s 2016-17 season featured a return to The Metropolitan Opera as Schaunard in La bohéme. At Houston Grand Opera, he sang both as Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore and Henry Kissinger in John Adams and Alice Goodman’s Nixon in China. He also made his company debut at Opera Philadelphia as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and at Central City Opera as Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte. Notable past engagements include Cecil in Maria Stuarda at The Metropolitan Opera and Zeta in The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Despina – Maureen McKay
Maureen McKay returns to Lyric Opera after portraying Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (2016). In 2017-18, McKay made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, a signature role she has previously sung at Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera Philadelphia, Portland Opera, and Tulsa Opera. She also returns to San Diego Opera as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and makes her debut with Virginia Opera. In the 2016-17 season, McKay debuted with San Diego Opera as Nannetta in Falstaff and sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Komische Oper Berlin, and The Bolshoi Theatre. In 2015-16, McKay made her mainstage debut with Seattle Opera in her role debut as Leila in The Pearl Fishers. She also joined The Danish National Symphony Orchestra for performances of Handel’s Messiah and the Choir and Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice in Génova for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
* Lyric Opera Debut
+ LOKC Resident Artist
~ LOKC Young Artist
@ Former LOKC Young Artist