June 30, 2017

Press Release: Mozart’s Così fan tutte—A Tale of the Complexities of Love

Portland Opera will present Mozart’s witty and comic opera, Così fan tutte, at the Newmark Theatre on Friday, July 14. Stage Director Roy Rallo has created a fresh interpretation of what many say is Mozart’s wisest Italian comic opera. The production features imaginative video to portray this timeless comic drama about the questions of fidelity, infidelity and forgiveness.

“Mozart’s Così fan tutte is a deeply insightful look at relationships. His understanding of the human heart, and his ability to communicate that through music, is a profound aspect of Mozart’s genius,” said Christopher Mattaliano, Portland Opera General Director.

Così fan tutte starts with a simple bet that puts love to the test. Two young men, Ferrando and Guglielmo, brag about the virtues of their fiancées, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. A skeptical friend wagers that the women’s faithfulness won’t withstand a day of the men’s absence. The suitors accept the bet and agree to disguise themselves and woo each other’s brides-to-be. But what begins as a lighthearted deception ends on a bittersweet note when the women fall for the “impostors.” Although Così fan tutte is a sparkling satire on the surface, it reveals some disturbing truths about love and the heartbreak that can happen when a joke goes too far.

Returning to Portland Opera after the critically acclaimed production of The Rake’s Progress (2015) is Director Roy Rallo. Video Designer Paul Clay will make his Portland Opera debut engaging the audience with multimedia projections using 3-D, renderings, and photography.

The four starring roles will be performed by Portland Opera Resident Artists. Kate Farrar (mezzo-soprano) and Antonia Tamer (soprano) assume the roles of Dorabella and Fiordiligi, respectively, and singing opposite these characters are Ryan Thorn (baritone) as Guglielmo and Aaron Short (tenor) as Ferrando.

Così fan tutte is sung in Italian with supertitles in English above the stage

THE CAST (in order of vocal appearance)
Ferrando, an officer                                        Aaron Short
Guglielmo, an officer                                      Ryan Thorn
Don Alfonso, an older and cynical bachelor       Daniel Mobbs
Fiordiligi, a young lady, engaged to Guglielmo   Antonia Tamer
Dorabella, her sister, engaged to Ferrando        Kate Farrar
Despina, maid to Fiordiligi and Dorabella          Mary Dunleavy

Conductor              Nicholas Fox
Stage Director        Roy Rallo
Scenery Designer    Daniel Meeker
Costume Designer   Alison Heryer
Lighting Designer    Connie Yun
Video Designer        Paul Clay

Opera Overtures
These free and informative sessions, led by guest speaker Hannah Penn, focus on the music and history behind the evening’s opera to enhance each performance.
Orchestra level
One hour prior to each performance
Free to ticket holders

Back Talk
Immediately after each performance, audiences are invited to join members of the creative team and cast for a 20 to 30 minute Q&A.
Orchestra level
Free to ticket holders

Portland Opera is hosting a free simulcast of the July 26th performance of Così fan tutte on SW Main Street between the Antoinette Hatfield Hall and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Così fan tutte will be sung in Italian with supertitles projected in English.

This production is sponsored by Curtis T. Thompson, M.D. & associates, LLC; and Barran Liebman, LLP. Additional supporters include: The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, RACC, Work for Art, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Meyer Memorial Trust, and The Collins Foundation.

PRICE:                        Starting at $28 per regular ticket
PHONE:                     503-241-1802, Toll-free 866-739-6737, M-F, 9-5
Ticketmaster, (800) 982-ARTS (days, evenings, and weekends)
IN-PERSON:             Portland Opera, 211 SE Caruthers St. (south of OMSI, east of Water.) M-F, 9-5
All Ticketmaster Outlets

July 14, 2017
Friday 7:30 p.m.

July 16, 2017
Sunday 2 p.m.

July 20, 2017
Thursday 7:30 p.m.

July 22, 2017
Saturday 7:30 p.m.

July 26, 2017*
Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

July 29, 2017
Saturday 7:30pm  *Also as an outdoor simulcast

Coming Soon:

The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion
July 28, 30, August 3 & 5
Newmark Theatre


Media Contact:  
Mary Agnew