Ballet & Dance

New Production
Così Fan Tutte
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1790)
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
6 performances

March 21(Mon), 23(Wed), 25(Fri), 27(Sun), 29(Tue), 31(Thu) 2005
Approximate running time: 3 hours, 25 minutes

Conductor: Dan Ettinger
Director: Kornelia Repschlaeger
Scenery and Costume Design: Davide Pizzigoni

Fiordiligi: Veronique Gens
Drabella: Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Despina: Nakajima Akiko
Ferrando: John Ken Nuzzo
Guglielmo: Rudolf Rosen
Don Alfonso: Bernd Weikl

Following Don Giovanni in 2000 and Le Nozze di Figaro in 2003, the last of the da Ponte trilogy will be staged at the NNTT. It is believed that Emperor Joseph II, who saw a successful revival of Le Nozze di Figaro, commissioned Mozart to write this work. The title Così Fan Tutte (Women Are Like That) is taken from Basilio’s words in Act I of Le Nozze di Figaro. Of the trilogy, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro were highly acclaimed as masterpieces immediately after they were first performed whereas Così Fan Tutte was considered immoral and frivolous because of its libretto, which took absurd exchanges of lovers as its subject, and was not well received until the early 20th century. Even Beethoven, Wagner, Hofmannsthal and other artists are believed to have criticized the work. Although, on the face of it, it takes on a look of being a trifling comedy, Mozart’s sharp insights into the delicate feelings of men and women, while the true nature of human beings and their foolishness are hidden behind the well-balanced beautiful music. Today, it is considered one of Mozart’s immortal works and its true value recognized. The distinctive features of this opera are that only six characters appear and that it has more duets, trios and quartets than arias. It will be interesting to see how skillfully the conductor Ettinger will lead the ensembles. Also, attention is focused on how Kornelia Repschläger will direct the delicate changes in the feelings of the sisters from a viewpoint that can only be provided by a female director. The cast of singers will include Fabiola Herrera, John Ken Nuzzo, Bernd Weikl and other popular singers who appeared at the NNTT during the 2003/2004 season.
The action takes place in Naples at the end of the 18th century. The officers Guglielmo and Ferrando are engaged to the beautiful sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, respectively. Persuaded by the wise old philosopher Don Alfonso, the two officers decide to test the fidelity of their sweethearts. They pretend that they have been ordered away by their regiment and bid the sisters a false farewell. Later, disguised as Albanians, the two men court Fiordiligi and Dorabella passionately. At first, the two girls reject the Albanians, but partly due to the maid Despina’s encouragement, the two girls weaken little by little to the Albanians’ various advances. First, Dorabella yields to her sister’s fiancé Guglielmo, and finally, Fiordiligi also succumbs to Ferrando after much resistance. Don Alfonso gloats, “Women are like that.” When a double wedding for the two new couples is being arranged, a military march suddenly signals the return of the army. The two disguised men flee, and Guglielmo and Ferrando appear in front of the two sisters as officers and question the two sisters’ infidelity. Fiordiligi and Dorabella beg forgiveness, and Don Alfonso discloses the trick, uniting the two men with their respective lovers.
<Conductor> <Director> <Scenery and Costume Design>
Dan Ettinger Kornelia Repschlaeger Davide Pizzigoni
<Main Cast>
Veronique Gens Nancy Fabiola Herrera Nakajima Akiko
John Ken Nuzzo Rudolf Rosen Bernd Weikl