Operagasmic Production of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers’ bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Boston Lyric Opera’s Cosi fan Tutte!
Sung in English
New BLO production
March 15, 17m, 20, 22, 24m, 2013 at the Citi Performing Arts CenterSM Shubert Theatre
Evening performances begin at 7:30pm. Matinees (m) begin at 3pm.
Mozart—master of the ambiguities of love—explores the battle between passion and reason through the lens of a playful and, at times, deeply serious farce.
Set on a sunny Neapolitan beach under the looming threat of Mount Vesuvius, two young men gamble that their fiancées will remain faithful, even under the utmost pressure. Così Fan Tutte is light, airy, ravishing and yet, in the end, moving and serious; proof that love is, indeed, a dangerous game.
British baritone Thomas Allen makes his BLO debut as the production’s stage director as well as onstage in his signature role, Don Alfonso. Allen is an established star of the world’s greatest opera houses, recently celebrating his 40th anniversary with the Royal Opera House,Covent Garden.
BLO favorites Caroline Worra and Sandra Piques Eddy return as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella.
|Stage Director||THOMAS ALLEN *|
|Set Designer||JOHN CONKLIN|
|Costume Designer||JOHN CONKLIN and GAIL ASTRID BUCKLEY|
|Lighting Designer||MARCUS DILLIARD|
|Wigs and Makeup Designer||JASON ALLEN|
(in order of vocal appearance)
|Ferrando||PAUL APPLEBY *|
|Don Alfonso||THOMAS ALLEN *|
|Dorabella||SANDRA PIQUES EDDY|
|Rehearsal Coach/Accompanist||BRETT HODGDON^|
|Associate Director||NICOLE TONGUE|
|Production Stage Manager||KAREN OBERTHAL|
* BLO debut
# BLO Emerging Artist
^BLO Emerging Artist Alumnus
Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra
Concert Mistress: Sandra Kott
Boston Lyric Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Michelle Alexander