Così fan tutte

20, 21 July at 19:00  •  Matinée 24 July at 14:00

The Coade Theatre, Bryanston, Dorset

An opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte • Sung in Italian with surtitles

Brief Synopsis

Overhearing Guiglielmo and Ferrando’s excitement at their forthcoming double wedding, Don Alfonso makes a cynical wager with the two young men that their fiancées, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are as untrustworthy as the next woman in matters of the heart. Confident of their lovers’ fidelity, the boys accept the bet and, at Don Alfonso’s suggestion, pretend to be called away to war. Disguised, they return and set about trying to seduce each other’s unsuspecting fiancées. At first the girls’ loyalty is unwavering but, encouraged to enjoy the ‘harmless flirtation’ by Despina, their maid who is in on the ruse, their constancy begins to crumble…

Cast & Creative Team

Fiordiligi, a Lady from Ferrara, sister to Dorabella Samantha Clarke
Dorabella, a Lady from Ferrara, sister to Fiordiligi Heather Lowe
Guglielmo, a soldier and lover of Fiordiligi Jevan McAuley
Ferrando, a soldier and lover of Dorabella Peter Gijsbertsen
Despina, a maid Naomi Harvey
Don Alfonsoan old Philosopher Eddie Wade
Soldiers, servants, sailors
Conductor José Miguel Esandi
Director Christopher Cowell
Designer Steve Howell
Costume designer Stewart J Charlesworth
Lighting designer Marc Rosette
Chorus Master Stephen Harris
Orchestra Leader David Spencer