Lyric Opera Of KC Continues Season with COSI FAN TUTTE
Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 2018-2019 season with Mozart's sophisticated comedy Così fan tutte March 16, 20, 22 and 24 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.
This extravagant production from San Francisco Opera places Mozart's classic opera in the glittering Belle Epoque era at a lavish Monte Carlo resort. Early music specialist Jane Glover, CBE will conduct in her Kansas City debut; she has held posts at such prestigious organizations as the Royal Academy of Music, Oxford University, and the London Philharmonic. She is also the author of two important musical biographies, Mozart's Women and Handel in London. She was created a Commander of the British Empire in 2003.
Directed by James Alexander, who debuted with Lyric Opera with The Pirates of Penzance (2017), the cast features Daniela Mack in the role of Dorabella and Vanessa Vasquez as Fiordiligi. Mack recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut, and both Mack and Vasquez will make their Lyric Opera debuts. Alasdair Kent will also make his Lyric Opera debut in the role of Ferrando; his repertoire includes multiple Mozart roles. Former Resident Artist John Viscardi returns as Guglielmo; he appeared with Lyric Opera in The Juliet Letters and Dead Man Walking in 2017. Maureen McKay (Susanna in Lyric Opera's The Marriage of Figaro, 2016) returns in the role of Despina. Patrick Carfizzi, who portrayed Dulcamara in Lyric Opera's The Elixir of Love in 2016, returns as the scheming Don Alfonso.
General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler said, "For me, Mozart is certainly one of and possibly the desert island composer. Among his works, Cosi with its profound beauty and pairing of text and music, holds a vaulted place. How fortunate, then, to bring to this production such a stellar team of artists, led in the pit by the remarkable Maestro Jane Glover. World-renowned for her expertise in early music, she is in demand around the globe. We are extremely lucky that she joins us, not only in conducting but in a rare community event. Her creative partner is the effervescent director James Alexander who brings this colorful production to the stage. You last enjoyed his work in The Pirates of Penzance. A perfect antidote to the winter blues."
Tickets to Così fan tutte start at just $29 and availability varies by performance. To purchase tickets, call Ticketing & Patron Services (816) 471-7344. Patrons can select their own seats and print their tickets at home by visiting www.kcopera.org. Limited student rush tickets are available for $15 starting 90 minutes before the performances, with a valid student ID.