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Cosi fan tutte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

New production

 

Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte

 

What do all these women do and why and with whom? A new humorous production of the school for lovers in which two naïve sisters are being coxed by two men.


Conductor Daniel Cohen
Director Atom Egoyan
Set & Costume Designer Debra Hanson
Lighting Designer Michael Walton


 

Soloists:

 

Fiordiligi Noa Danon
  Yael Levita
Dorabella Na’ama Goldman
Anat Czarny
Ferrando Mark Milhofer
Alasdair Kent
Guglielmo Renato Dolcini
  Oded Reich
Don Alfonso Ionut Pascu
Gabriele Ribis
Despina Hila Baggio
  Daniela Skorka

 

The Israeli Opera Chorus

Chorus Master: Ethan Schmeisser

The Israel Camerata Orchestra, Jerusalem

 

Sung in Italian

English and Hebrew Surtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval

 

A new production originally created for the Canadian Opera Company 

 

3.6.2019

The première performance
is dedicated to Dan David

 

7.6.2019

The performance is dedicated
to the memory of our beloved Shimshon Zelig

Synopsis

Act I
Don Alfonso and his young military friends, Ferrando and Guglielmo, are discussing the fidelity of women. Don Alfonso claims that all women are fickle. Ferrando and Guglielmo object to this assertion, on the contrary they believe that the two sisters – Fiodilligi and Dorabella whom they are in love with, will never be unfaithful. Don Alfonso thereupon wagers that by the end of the day he will have proved his point. He proposes that Ferrando and Guglielmo pretend that they have received orders to leave the city. In reality they will return in disguise, each to pay court to his friend’s sweetheart.
Fiordiligi and Dorabella are singing the praises of their lovers, when Don Alfonso enters and tells them of the new military order. The young men will have to depart for battlefield. The men arrive and bid their lovers farewell. Don Alfonso then lets Guglielmo and Ferrando into the house, disguised. The sisters are shocked to find two strangers in their home, and even more shocked when the two begin courting them. Don Alfonso pretends they are old friends of his and pleads their cause. But Fiordiligi staunchly proclaims her fidelity to her absent lover.
The sisters are lamenting the departure of their lovers, when the two uncalled visitors rush in and melodramatically swallow what appears to be poison. Despina and Don Alfonso go in search of a doctor, leaving the sisters to watch over the apparently dying men. The doctor, Despina in disguise, pretends to extract the poison from the two men, who, as they recover, renew their ardent protestations of love.

Act II
After listening to Despina, the sisters decide there would be no harm after all in a little innocent flirtation. Dorabella, Ferrando’s betrothed, chooses Guglielmo while Fiordiligi, Guglielmo’s betrothed, chooses Ferrando. The visitors have arranged a serenade for the two sisters, and Fiordiligi goes off for a stroll with Ferrando while the disguised Guglielmo courts Dorabella. To his astonishment, she yields and exchanges a locket with him. They go out together as Ferrando returns with Fiordiligi, who has remained outwardly steadfast. The two young men then meet to exchange news of their progress. Ferrando is overcome with grief when Guglielmo shows him the faithless Dorabella’s locket.
Ferrando makes another attack upon Fiordiligi’s tenacity. Much to Guglielmo’s distress, she finally yields. Don Alfonso has won the bet and he tries to console the two chastened young men with the moral that women always act in this manner -- cosi fan tutte.
Celebration of the sisters’ betrothal to the Albanians is in full swing, when a drumroll announces the supposed return of the officers. In simulated panic the visiting men and the notary (again Despina in disguise) hide. A moment later Ferrando and Guglielmo appear in uniform. They seem to be puzzled by the cool reception they receive until they discover the marriage contract and the notary. With drawn swords they rush out in pursuit of their rivals, only to return immediately with their disguises in their hands. The ruse has been revealed and nothing remains but for the lovers to follow Don Alfonso’s advice to forgive and forget. Or is there another solution?

Back Stage Secrets

Back Stage Secrets at the Opera
Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience


Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events. 


Towards Opening

On Saturday morning before the premiere, the creators of the production and several of the soloists gather to discuss the opera, the production, their own career and today’s opera world. This is a unique opportunity to learn as much as possible about the production and meet the director, conductor, designers and some of the participating soloists. Musical excerpts from the opera illustrate the discussion. Towards Opening takes place before some of each season’s productions.


Pre Performance Lecture

One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is free for ticket holders. 


Pre Performance Back Stage Tours

What happens backstage before the audience even thinks of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The Technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? A unique opportunity to taste a little bit of the back stage excitement before the curtain ascends/ A concerted half hour tour in places that are not usually open to the general public. Tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins and last 30 minutes. Tickets are 25NIS and can be booked in advance (tickets for each tour are limited). Tours take place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. Tours from groups both in Hebrew and in English can be booked in advance (sarah@israelopera.org.il )


Opera Talkback

The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website.  

 

 

  Date Hour

Towards Opening

25 May 2019

11:00

PREMIÈRE

3 June 2019

20:00

Opening lecture

Before every show

An hour before every show

Back Stage Tours

5, 6, 11 June 2019

16:30 / 18:30

Opera Talkback

5, 6, 11, 12 June 2019

After the show 

 

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