Cosi Fan Tutte 2012

Cosi Fan TutteMozart's great comic masterpiece Cosi Fan Tutte is the winter offering from Melbourne Opera.
Cosi Fan Tutte is a wonderful introduction to opera and is much loved by fans, and follows on from Carmen and La Boheme.
Melbourne Opera has again assembled a superb cast for this production under the direction of leading director Suzanne Chaundy.
Renowned for her fresh outlook on the repertoire Suzanne Chaundy has updated the traditional story to 1960s Melbourne, when strict moral values are challenged by free love.
Don Alfonso, local Bar and Pizzeria owner is somewhat jaded by his experience in love and challenges two young Vietnam soldiers to put their very traditionally raised Italian migrant girlfriends to the test. This involves the boys pretending to be "called up" to the despair of their girls but actually returning as Love Gurus to sweep the girls off their feet.
All this is aided and abetted by the far more worldly Despina. Confusion and high comedy ensues, combined with a somewhat more serious examination of the nature of love and attraction.
Regarded as one of Mozart and Da Ponte's greatest achievements, the opera features arias and ensembles unmatched in their musical and dramatic perfection.

Synopsis Photos by Robin Halls

CAST

Fiordiligi Danielle Calder & Emily Xiao Wang
Dorabella Victoria Lambourn & Angela Hogan
Ferrando Roy Best & Paul Biencourt
Guglielmo Phillip Calcagno & Nathan Lay
Despina Andrea Creighton & Nicole Wallace
Don Alfonso Roger Howell & Ian Cousins

CHORUS:

TENORS
Paul Dernelley
Tim Jaques
Nick Renfree-Marks
David Woodberry

BASSES
Michael Carr
Bernie Nolan
Roland Seidl
John Davies

SOPRANOS
Jessiva Bull
Jodie Debono
Sue Halls
Fiona Jopson
Debra O'Connor

MEZZOS
Kathy Hatton
Maree Macmillan
Gabriella Page
Cecily Woodberry
Sue Robertson

Director Suzanne Chaundy
Conductor Greg Hocking
Designer - Set & Costumes Christina Logan-Bell
Lighting Designer Lucy Birkinshaw
Costumier Debra Hallam
Stage Manager Gemma Fletcher

 

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