About Cosi Fan Tutte
The return of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s delightful opera buffa to the stage of the Met will be a doubly joyous occasion, because this will also be the first time music director James Levine is back conducting at the Met since 2011. Mozart’s young lovers will be portrayed by a fresh-faced group of rising stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their lovers, and Danielle de Niese as the devious Despina.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, making its first home in a building at 39th and Broadway before moving to Lincoln Center when construction on the new Metropolitan Opera House was finished in 1966. The company quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive world of international opera, early on attracting such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso, and Rosa Ponselle. Its stage has continued to attract the greatest vocal artists of subsequent generations from around the globe, including Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
Through its broadcasts on PBS and on radio as well as HD Live cinema telecasts, the Met has brought the beauty of opera into the lives of millions of listeners, but there is no substitute for the thrill of a live performance of the works of history’s greatest composers.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish. Performances vary September 24, 2013–May 8, 2014.
Not yet announced
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions, and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels, and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
Mozart historians believe that the composer designed the central aria for the part of Fiordiligi with a sly motive. He didn’t much care for the prima donna soprano for whom it was written. Knowing that she brought her chin down on low notes and raised it on high ones, he threw in several leaps from high to low, and back again, so that her head “would bob like a chicken.”
The opera, with its theme of fiancée-swapping, was considered shocking in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and so was not restored to the regular repertory until after World War II.
Mozart’s musical romp through the twists and turns of young lust is a rollicking good time for anyone who has felt the twinges of jealousy and desire.
Good for kids?
The adult-themes of this opera make it inappropriate for young children.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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