It all starts with a bet: Two young men enter into a wager with an older bachelor to prove the indestructible fidelity of their beautiful fiancées. Lesson number one: Never make bets in which romance is involved. This comic opera is the peak of W.A. Mozart’s brilliant exploration into the workings of love; Così fan tutte is the ultimate statement on the dissimilarity between men and women when it comes to affairs of the heart, and Nashville Opera plans to present this gem with all the playfulness and sensitivity it demands when its production of the opera starts on Friday.
“With Così fan tutte, we have an opera written by Mozart at the peak of his powers as a composer,” says John Hoomes, Nashville Opera’s CEO and Artistic Director. “Every note in exactly the right place, and every emotion deftly revealed through one gorgeous melody after another. This opera skillfully blends light-hearted comedy with dramatic circumstances to offer deep insight into the intricate workings of the human heart.”
The cast includes soprano Lacy Sauter as Fiordiligi, mezzo-soprano Katherine Sanford as Dorabella, tenor Todd Barnhill as Ferrando, baritone Patrick McNally as Guglielmo, soprano Emily Pulley as Despina and baritone John Hancock as Don Alfonso.
Pulley’s radiant voice and electrifying acting have won her both national and international acclaim on the operatic stages. As the Governess in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw, Opera News raved, “Emily Pulley was outstanding… she captured the psychological complexity and heartbroken innocence of one of Britten’s great tragic characters.”
Nashville Opera presents Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater located at 505 Deaderick St. on Friday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Hoomes directs the production with Maestro Dean Williamson conducting the Nashville Opera Orchestra. Tickets start at $29 and are available by calling the Nashville Opera Box Office at (615) 832-5242, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Box Office at (615) 782-4040 or online by clicking here.
One hour prior to curtain on the orchestra level, John Hoomes will present a lively and informative Opera Insights preview talk. Amusing trivia and insider stories make the evening more fun! Free to all ticket holders, general admission and no reservations required. Approximate running time for Così fan tutte is two hours and 30 minutes (including one 20-minute intermission) and it is sung in Italian with easy-to-read projected English supertitles.
As a result of Friday’s unprecedented snow storm, Nashville Opera, Nashville Opera Guild and Hilton Downtown Nashville Hotel rescheduled Saturday’s La Bella Notte Gala for Sunday at 6 p.m. With patron safety concerns as the top priority, and the uncertain road conditions this evening, the staff monitored weather reports and Tennessee Department of Transportation updates before making the decision to postpone the annual black-tie fundraising event one day. GRAMMY Award winning singer, composer and actor Gary Morris will perform at the rescheduled event which will be held in the main ballroom of the Hilton Downtown Nashville Hotel starting with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The online silent auction at www.32auctions.com/labellanotte continues through Sunday evening.
Nashville Opera also postponed the opening night performance of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte scheduled for Friday in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater to Monday at 7 p.m. because of the storm. All tickets issued to patrons for the Friday performance will be valid on Monday evening. In the event of a patron scheduling conflict, Nashville Opera will provide ticket exchanges for either Sunday’s 2 p.m. matinee or the Tuesday show (space available). Please contact Nashville Opera at (615) 832-5242 or the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Box Office at (615) 782-4040 for assistance. The Nashville Opera web site, www.nashvilleopera.org, will post updates as information becomes available.
Cosi fan tutte – Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. as scheduled; Monday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. (this performance was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22); Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. as scheduled
*Photos of Lacy Sauter as Fiordiligi and Katherine Sanford as Dorabella as well as John Hancock as Don Alfonso by Reed Hummell courtesy Nashville Opera.