Next Saturday, April 26th, the Met is due for another spectacular live broadcast from New York City and you can see its production from the comfort of your nearest Cinemark Theater.
A favorite among music lovers the world over, Mozart’s Così fan tutte (literally, “Thus do all women” or more popularly, “All women are like that”) follows two young couples as their affections for each other are put to the test.
Set in Naples in the 18th century, the opera opens on two young men, Ferrando and Guglielmo, who are discussing their lovely finacées, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Both men boast and assure themselves of the sisters’ constancy despite the doubts of their older and more cynical friend, Don Alfonso. He declares a woman’s virtuousness to be like a phoenix in that it is something everyone discusses but has never seen. Don Alfonso then wagers one hundred sequins that he can prove in one day’s time that the sisters are fickle and unfaithful, like all women. Amused, Ferrando and Guglielmo agree to the wager.
What ensues are two acts of mistaken identity hijinks, faux-unrequited love and breathtakingly gorgeous music. Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine leads the production which stars Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as Ferrando and Guglielmo and Danielle de Niese as Despina.
The broadcast can be seen at Cinemark Theaters next Saturday, April 26th at 12:55 pm with a replay the following Wednesday, April 30th at 6:30 pm. Tickets and more information can be found online here.
(Photo courtesy of www.metoperafamily.org.)
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