Adultery, disguised lovers, and a risqué bet. Così fan tutte is the Dangerous Liaisons of the opera repertoire as it makes frank observation of the frailty of human relationships through the lens of a comedy. This Florida Grand Opera original production, which was last performed in 2008, will be given new life thanks to the efforts of the FGO production staff. Director Bernard Uzan, along with the FGO creative team, will be infusing the opera with a new vision, thus updating and adding credibility to this absurd yet classic opera to make it relevant to modern, South Florida audiences. In addition new costumes and props have been added to further enhance this innovative interpretation. FGO’s updated production will take place at a luxurious hotel in modern-day Europe. The opera tells the story of two young military officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, visiting their fiancées (sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi) who, in this production, are away on vacation. The men make a bet with an older friend, Don Alfonso, that their fiancées will remain faithful to them under any circumstance. Don Alfonso arranges for the men to leave the sisters but to immediately return in disguise to seduce the women. The sisters protest at first, but quickly fall for the other’s lover, creating a situation where the men cheat on the women by way of the women cheating on the men. When the trick is revealed, all is forgiven, but will their lives ever be the same again? If you find the ending a little unsettling, you’ve gotten the point!
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015