Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
May 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall
“Who could be more faithful than our fiancées?” Nobody, according to soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo, who are engaged to sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi....until the skeptical Don Alfonso is willing to wager them against the claim. Don Alfonso has an elaborate scheme up his sleeve: stage a fake military procession that whisks the boys away to war (or so the sisters think), incite an emotional goodbye, get their chambermaid Despina involved in the wager, and disguise the boys as Albanians ready to woo the disheartened sisters. At its most serious, Mozart’s masterpiece Così fan tutte flirts with infidelity and betrayal and the inherent consequences, illuminated by some of his most divine music for voice and orchestra. At its lightest, it is a farcical comedy of errors, complete with mistaken identities, magnet therapy, and notaries in ridiculous wigs. In the end, it is a vehicle for Don Alfonso, the seasoned philosopher, to remind the young lovers, and indeed all of us, that true love will require forgiveness.
Professor of music Daniel Baldwin conducts the cast and the Luther College Chamber Orchestra in the performance; stage direction is by associate professor of music Andrew Whitfield; musical direction and preparation is by assistant professor of music Nicholas Shaneyfelt; and assistant stage direction is by instructor of music Carla Thelen Hanson. The production features original sets, designed and built by Brett Conrad, and original costumes, designed and built by Marann Faget. Lighting design is by theatre and dance technical director Tom Berger, and Luther student Cleo Garza is the stage manager.
Kat Beane Hanson, adjunct faculty in music, will present a pre-concert lecture about the opera at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall before both performances.
The cast of Così fan tutte includes Luther students Kurt Anderson, Nathan Baldwin, Garret Baumler, Isaiah Cammon, Xavier Conzet, Colin Cosgrove, Mayalyn Cott, Emily Dirks, Mitchell Gage, Eddy Galstad, Jarrod Gross, Grace Huber, Abby Korenchan, Kiley Korey, Gabrielle Laske, Noah Lauer, Kelvin Li, Sean McKenzie, Mason Montuoro, Natalie Nelson, Riley Peters, Jenna Reimann, Natalie Rumer, Marie Sauze, Jacob Schmidt, Brenna Sherman, Sarah Smallfield, Jacob Southerland, Aidan Spencer, Katie Stuelke, and Josh Vidervol.