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A Canuck Così!

Saturday, April 22, 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00pm
Friday, April 28, 7:30pm

 

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  |  Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung in Italian with English projections  |  Last presented by Manitoba Opera in 2003

Mozart’s comic masterpiece about love and relationships unfolds in the majestic Canadian wilderness. There’s a lot to be learned from this opera about the give and take of relationships and how to laugh at yourself.


 

The Story

Set in pre-war 1930s, Fiordiligi and her sister, Dorabella, are two young very stylish Italians who have come to Canada on vacation. Upon arriving at their elegant resort hotel, they fall immediately head over heels for two dashing Mounties. However, the constables, as part of a ruse to tempt the two sisters, answer the call of duty and return in disguise as two log drivers determined to seduce the young ladies.

Will the sisters be that easily fooled? And once the deceit is unmasked, can their lives really go on as before?

 

The Music

Mozart‘s Così fan tutte, written at the height of his musical prowess, remains a testament to the wit and skill of one of the world’s finest composers. It premiered just a year before his premature death. Mozart deftly balances the comic elements of the plot with shades of melancholy that mask the true heartbreak that pervades the story.

 

The Set

A resort hotel somewhere on the edge of the Canadian wilderness in the 1930s. Designed by Sheldon Johnson.

Despina Tracy Dahl

Don Alfonso David Watson

Fiordiligi Jamie Groote

Dorabella Danielle MacMillan

Guglielmo Johnathon Kirby

Ferrando Jean-Philippe Lazure

Conductor Tyrone Paterson

Director Rob Herriot