Continuing Portland Opera’s season of love, is Mozart’s most sensuously beautiful opera, Così fan tutte. Mozart’s place in music is unparalleled and his relationship to opera unique. Mozart’s work, no matter the genre, epitomizes the music of the classical period and the idealism of the Age of Enlightenment. Mozart’s art, like no other, meets humanity’s longing for wholeness and reconciliation.
Così fan tutte is the third of Mozart’s operas with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, following the great success of The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. It is easy to dismiss da Ponte’s scenario as trivial: Two young couples are challenged by an older, wiser man to discover whether their love is true. He convinces the two young men to disguise themselves and then to attempt to seduce the other’s lover. While the action is often madcap comedy, the emotional impact is deeply affecting, due to Mozart’s rich music, teasing out meaning where a lesser composer could not.
Returning to Portland Opera after the critically acclaimed production of The Rake’s Progress (2015), is Director Roy Rallo. Nicholas Fox, Portland Opera’s Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor, who made his Portland Opera conducting debut with the enormously popular The Elixir of Love in 2015, will conduct.