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Arts Calendar / May 12 / Opera
19:00 Così fan tutte,ossia La scuola degli amanti
Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 220 min (with one interval). Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Music Director: Stefano Montanari. Stage Director: Floris Visser. Set Designer: Gideon Davey. Sung in Italian with Russian surtitles. Così has only had one production at the Bolshoi in 1978. The première performances were conducted by Yuri Simonov, the staging was by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov, Valery Leventhal did the sets. The production was given 52 performances and in 1986 it was dropped from the repertoire. In 1989, La Scala presented its production of Così fan tutte at the Bolshoi. In 2012, the Bolshoi returned to the opera, giving it a concert performance at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. And now, two years on, the Theatre is to get its second production of Così fan tutte at the hands of a young production team headed by the Dutch director Floris Visser. Ferrando is in love with Dorabella and Guglielmo is in love with Fiordiligi, her sister. Don Alfonso outrages the men by stating that the girls will sooner or later be unfaithful to them; he makes a bet with them that he can prove his words within the space of a day, but that Ferrando and Guglielmo must follow his orders completely during that time. Dorabella and Fiordiligi are waiting impatiently and longingly for their lovers. Alfonso, however, arrives instead and imparts the disastrous news that their fiances must leave immediately for the battlefield. The couples swear eternal fidelity and with great difficulty the sisters bid farewell to their lovers. Ferrando and Guglielmo leave for the front...
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