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Mozart's ability to treat the most profound subjects with the lightest touch is at the heart of this story about two young men who decide to test the loyalty of their lovers, sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi. As the unusual experiment begins, nothing unfolds quite as expected, with all assumptions and good intentions challenged by the unpredictable complexities of the human heart.

Atom Egoyan’s playful, whimsical production of Mozart’s comedy is realized by a brilliant cast, led by Kirsten MacKinnon and Emily D’Angelo.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.


Details

On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM


Cast and CREATIVE TEAMS
Fiordiligi Kirsten MacKinnon
Dorabella Emily D’Angelo
Guglielmo Johannes Kammler
Ferrando Ben Bliss
Despina Tracy Dahl
Don Alfonso Russell Braun

Conductor Bernard Labadie
Director Atom Egoyan
Set & Costumer Designer Debra Hanson
Lighting Designer Michael Walton
Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

*Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price

Production originally made possible in part by
PHILIP DECK & KIMBERLEY BOZAK
BMO FINANCIAL GROUP


                                                                           
With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

Synopsis

SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

Don Alfonso bets two young men that their fiancées would not be faithful to them in their absence. The men pretend to depart for war, but come back in disguise and try to woo each other’s girlfriends. They seem to succeed, and the trick is revealed. Each couple is reunited... or are they?

FULL SYNOPSIS

ACT I

Naples

Don Alfonso goads two young men into a wager regarding their fiancées’ fidelity. Ferrando and Guglielmo are convinced their lovers–Dorabella and Fiordiligi, respectively–are true, and agree to test the women’s faithfulness through trickery. The men agree to do everything Don Alfonso says to pull off their ruse.

Sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi are met by Don Alfonso. He tells them that their fiancés have been recalled to military duty. The two soldiers arrive to bid their unhappy fiancées farewell. The sisters are inconsolable. Once the men have departed, their maid Despina suggests that Dorabella and Fiordiligi amuse themselves in the meantime by meeting other men. The women refuse to be unfaithful to their lovers.

Don Alfonso speaks privately with Despina, enlisting her aid in introducing two prospective lotharios to the sisters. He then presents to Despina two “Albanians,” who are none other than Guglielmo and Ferrando in disguise. When Fiordiligi and Dorabella arrive, the men proclaim their affection. The women demand that the strangers leave their house.

Later that day, the Albanians burst into the garden where the two sisters lament the absence of their sweethearts. The men drink what they claim is poison, expressing their wish to die for love. A doctor arrives (Despina in disguise) and “revives” the two men.

INTERMISSION

ACT II

Despina attempts to persuade Dorabella and Fiordiligi that they should be more receptive to the Albanians’ advances. The sisters reluctantly agree that a flirtation might prove a welcome distraction in the absence of their fiancés. The men return once more to serenade the sisters, and this time Dorabella exchanges words of love with Guglielmo – to his astonishment. Ferrando has less luck with Fiordiligi.

Ferrando is told of his lover’s betrayal and vows revenge. Don Alfonso reminds the soldiers that the test is not over yet.

Dorabella confesses her new fondness for her Albanian to Despina. Fiordiligi admits that she also has feelings for her Albanian (the disguised Ferrando), but scolds her sister’s lack of control and vows to remain true to her fiancé. But when Ferrando returns, secretly accompanied by Guglielmo and Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi yields to his advances.

Ferrando and Guglielmo lament their lovers’ betrayal and express a desire for revenge. Don Alfonso urges the now bitterly disillusioned soldiers to marry the women.

Wedding preparations are quickly made. Don Alfonso produces a notary – Despina in disguise – who in turn produces a marriage contract. A drum is heard, signaling the return of the soldiers. Having hastily removed their disguises, Ferrando and Guglielmo appear and feign outrage at the incriminating scene. But when they put on their Albanian disguises, the whole truth comes out.

In the final chorus all four lovers, in the spirit of reconciliation, sing hopefully of accepting life as it presents itself and maintaining a sense of humour. But will they be able to when faced with an uncertain future?

Gallery
(l-r) Robert Gleadow, Paul Appleby, Wallis Giunta and Layla Claire in Così fan tutte, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
(l-r) Sir Thomas Allen, Wallis Giunta and Layla Claire in Così fan tutte, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
A scene from Così fan tutte, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
A scene from Così fan tutte, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
A scene from Così fan tutte, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
(l-r) Robert Gleadow, Tracy Dahl, and Paul Appleby, in Così fan tutte, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
(l-r) Tracy Dahl, Wallis Giunta and Layla Claire in Così fan tutte, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
LISTEN
Overture



Trio: "Soave sia il vento" ("Gentle be the breeze")

Fiordiligi, Dorabella and Don Alfonso (the only one in on the scheme) bid farewell to Guglielmo and Ferrando, wishing them a good voyage.


Aria: "Come scoglio" ("Like a rock")

Fiordiligi tells the suitors their attentions are not welcome. Her faithfulness to her lover is like a rock in a tempest.



Music credit: Mozart's Così fan tutte. Amanda Roocroft (Fiordiligi), Rosa Mannion (Dorabella), Carlos Feller (Don Alfonso), and John Eliot Gardiner (conductor) with the English Baroque Soloists, 1993. Deutsche Grammophon

  • On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

    Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM


    Cast and CREATIVE TEAMS
    Fiordiligi Kirsten MacKinnon
    Dorabella Emily D’Angelo
    Guglielmo Johannes Kammler
    Ferrando Ben Bliss
    Despina Tracy Dahl
    Don Alfonso Russell Braun

    Conductor Bernard Labadie
    Director Atom Egoyan
    Set & Costumer Designer Debra Hanson
    Lighting Designer Michael Walton
    Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

    *Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price

    Production originally made possible in part by
    PHILIP DECK & KIMBERLEY BOZAK
    BMO FINANCIAL GROUP


                                                                               
    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

  • SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

    Don Alfonso bets two young men that their fiancées would not be faithful to them in their absence. The men pretend to depart for war, but come back in disguise and try to woo each other’s girlfriends. They seem to succeed, and the trick is revealed. Each couple is reunited... or are they?

    FULL SYNOPSIS

    ACT I

    Naples

    Don Alfonso goads two young men into a wager regarding their fiancées’ fidelity. Ferrando and Guglielmo are convinced their lovers–Dorabella and Fiordiligi, respectively–are true, and agree to test the women’s faithfulness through trickery. The men agree to do everything Don Alfonso says to pull off their ruse.

    Sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi are met by Don Alfonso. He tells them that their fiancés have been recalled to military duty. The two soldiers arrive to bid their unhappy fiancées farewell. The sisters are inconsolable. Once the men have departed, their maid Despina suggests that Dorabella and Fiordiligi amuse themselves in the meantime by meeting other men. The women refuse to be unfaithful to their lovers.

    Don Alfonso speaks privately with Despina, enlisting her aid in introducing two prospective lotharios to the sisters. He then presents to Despina two “Albanians,” who are none other than Guglielmo and Ferrando in disguise. When Fiordiligi and Dorabella arrive, the men proclaim their affection. The women demand that the strangers leave their house.

    Later that day, the Albanians burst into the garden where the two sisters lament the absence of their sweethearts. The men drink what they claim is poison, expressing their wish to die for love. A doctor arrives (Despina in disguise) and “revives” the two men.

    INTERMISSION

    ACT II

    Despina attempts to persuade Dorabella and Fiordiligi that they should be more receptive to the Albanians’ advances. The sisters reluctantly agree that a flirtation might prove a welcome distraction in the absence of their fiancés. The men return once more to serenade the sisters, and this time Dorabella exchanges words of love with Guglielmo – to his astonishment. Ferrando has less luck with Fiordiligi.

    Ferrando is told of his lover’s betrayal and vows revenge. Don Alfonso reminds the soldiers that the test is not over yet.

    Dorabella confesses her new fondness for her Albanian to Despina. Fiordiligi admits that she also has feelings for her Albanian (the disguised Ferrando), but scolds her sister’s lack of control and vows to remain true to her fiancé. But when Ferrando returns, secretly accompanied by Guglielmo and Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi yields to his advances.

    Ferrando and Guglielmo lament their lovers’ betrayal and express a desire for revenge. Don Alfonso urges the now bitterly disillusioned soldiers to marry the women.

    Wedding preparations are quickly made. Don Alfonso produces a notary – Despina in disguise – who in turn produces a marriage contract. A drum is heard, signaling the return of the soldiers. Having hastily removed their disguises, Ferrando and Guglielmo appear and feign outrage at the incriminating scene. But when they put on their Albanian disguises, the whole truth comes out.

    In the final chorus all four lovers, in the spirit of reconciliation, sing hopefully of accepting life as it presents itself and maintaining a sense of humour. But will they be able to when faced with an uncertain future?

  • (l-r) Robert Gleadow, Paul Appleby, Wallis Giunta and Layla Claire in <em>Così fan tutte</em>, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
    (l-r) Sir Thomas Allen, Wallis Giunta and Layla Claire in <em>Così fan tutte</em>, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
    A scene from <em>Così fan tutte</em>, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
    A scene from <em>Così fan tutte</em>, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
    A scene from <em>Così fan tutte</em>, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
    (l-r) Robert Gleadow, Tracy Dahl, and Paul Appleby, in <em>Così fan tutte</em>, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
    (l-r) Tracy Dahl, Wallis Giunta and Layla Claire in <em>Così fan tutte</em>, (COC 2014), photo: Michael Cooper.
  • Overture



    Trio: "Soave sia il vento" ("Gentle be the breeze")

    Fiordiligi, Dorabella and Don Alfonso (the only one in on the scheme) bid farewell to Guglielmo and Ferrando, wishing them a good voyage.


    Aria: "Come scoglio" ("Like a rock")

    Fiordiligi tells the suitors their attentions are not welcome. Her faithfulness to her lover is like a rock in a tempest.



    Music credit: Mozart's Così fan tutte. Amanda Roocroft (Fiordiligi), Rosa Mannion (Dorabella), Carlos Feller (Don Alfonso), and John Eliot Gardiner (conductor) with the English Baroque Soloists, 1993. Deutsche Grammophon


Photo features Francesca Perez (Senior Development Officer, Partnerships) and Autumn Coppaway (Assistant Technical Director), by Gaetz Photography.

COSÌ FAN TUTTE

W.A. Mozart
To

COC Production

Mozart's ability to treat the most profound subjects with the lightest touch is at the heart of this story about two young men who decide to test the loyalty of their lovers, sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi. As the unusual experiment begins, nothing unfolds quite as expected, with all assumptions and good intentions challenged by the unpredictable complexities of the human heart.

Atom Egoyan’s playful, whimsical production of Mozart’s comedy is realized by a brilliant cast, led by Kirsten MacKinnon and Emily D’Angelo.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

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