A cheeky double dare results in false pretences and true love in Mozart’s dark comedy.
Nicholas Hytner’s period production goes on Tour
Would you place a bet on your partner’s faithfulness? And would you disguise yourself to test it? That’s exactly what Ferrando and Guglielmo do, and the surprising results are spelled out in the opera’s title: Così fan tutte (‘Women Are Like That’).
As the innocent trick veers off-course, boisterous hijinks ensue, souls are searched, and true love is born – at some cost.
Chock full of sublime Mozartean melodies and dazzling singing, Così fan tutte is the third and last of the brilliant operas Mozart wrote with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (alongside Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni).
It has been described as ‘a glorious soap-bubble’, ‘a deep and unsettling masterpiece’, ‘a musical lark’, and ‘a profound and terrifying tragicomedy’.
All these qualities and more shine through in this gorgeous period production by Nicholas Hytner, former longtime director of the National Theatre.
See Così fan tutte at a venue near you
31 October-2 November
Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre
7 November-10 November
Woking, New Victoria Theatre
14 November-16 November
Norwich, Theatre Royal
21 November-23 November
Milton Keynes Theatre
28 November-30 November
Plymouth, Theatre Royal
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Cast and creative team
Conductor Leo McFall
Director Nicholas Hytner
Ferrando Bogdan Volkov
Guglielmo Ilya Kutyukhin
Don Alfonso José Fardilha
Fiordiligi Kirsten MacKinnon
Dorabella Rachel Kelly
Despina Ana Quintans
The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Glyndebourne 7 October 2017 Glyndebourne 13 October 2017 Glyndebourne 17 October 2017 Glyndebourne 20 October 2017 Glyndebourne 23 October 2017 Glyndebourne 26 October 2017
Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 31 October 2017 Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 2 November 2017
Woking, New Victoria Theatre 7 November 2017 Woking, New Victoria Theatre 10 November 2017
Norwich, Theatre Royal 14 November 2017 Norwich, Theatre Royal 16 November 2017
Milton Keynes Theatre 21 November 2017 Milton Keynes Theatre 23 November 2017
Plymouth, Theatre Royal 28 November 2017 Plymouth, Theatre Royal 30 November 2017
Photo: Mike Hoban