Cosi fan tutte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Spring 2013

A cynical gentleman’s conviction that women cannot be faithful sets in motion a chain of deceit, disguise and desire in the most perfect ensemble opera ever written.

Conductor 
James Burton
Director 
Paul Higgins
Designer 
Samal Blak
Lighting Designer 
Ace McCarron

There is much to admire and enjoy, with assured singing throughout.

4 STARS, The Independent

Lovely to look at and easy on the ear — English Touring Opera have given us a cosy Cosi.

Evening Standard

This is worth attending for the orchestral playing alone.

The Stage

Così fan tutte is in many ways Mozart’s most perfect opera score, and Da Ponte’s most challenging script. It is a comedy of innocence and experience, funny and unnerving, touching and satirical. The delicate balance between recognizing the posturing of the four young lovers and loving them all the same is a challenge to each director and singer.

In one day fiancés are parted, and new fiancés found – or so it seems. Discovering they are not at all the people they thought they were is strange, exciting, and very embarrassing.

Director Paul Higgins, who has worked on many famous productions at the Royal Opera House, has a special love for this opera, with all its fun and folly, because of the warm, beating heart that pulses through the music.

His new, period production will be sung by a remarkable cast, including Laura Mitchell, Kitty Whately and Paula Sides (all firm ETO favourites), with tenor Anthony Gregory as the passionate Ferrando and Richard Mosley-Evans (Gianni Schicchi) as the man pulling the strings.

New production, sung in English
Touring with a 25-piece live orchestra
Running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes (incl. one 20 minute interval).

The story

Read the synopsis here.

Music playlist

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    7th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  3. Curve, Leicester
    11th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  4. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    15th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    19th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  7. Norwich Theatre Royal
    25th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  8. The Hawth, Crawley
    2nd Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  9. Lighthouse, Poole
    5th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  10. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    8th Apr 2013 - 7:45 pm
  11. York Theatre Royal
    11th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    15th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  13. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    18th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  14. Gala Theatre, Durham
    22nd Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  15. Buxton Opera House
    25th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  16. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    30th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  17. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  18. Warwick Arts Centre
    8th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  19. Warwick Arts Centre
    9th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  20. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    18th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    23rd May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  22. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  23. G Live Guildford
    27th May 2013 - 7:45 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 2nd Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 7th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Curve, Leicester — 11th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  4. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 15th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 19th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 20th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  7. Norwich Theatre Royal — 25th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  8. The Hawth, Crawley — 2nd Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  9. Lighthouse, Poole — 5th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  10. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 8th Apr 2013 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  11. York Theatre Royal — 11th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 15th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  13. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 18th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  14. Gala Theatre, Durham — 22nd Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  15. Buxton Opera House — 25th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  16. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 30th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  17. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 4th May 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  18. Warwick Arts Centre — 8th May 2013 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  19. Warwick Arts Centre — 9th May 2013 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  20. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 18th May 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 23rd May 2013 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  22. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 24th May 2013 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  23. G Live Guildford — 27th May 2013 - 7:45 pm

    London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA

James Burton

James Burton

Conductor

Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins

Director

Samal Blak

Samal Blak

Designer

Ace McCarron

Ace McCarron

Lighting Designer

Cast

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell

Soprano

Fiordiligi

Born in Hertfordshire, Laura studied at the Royal College of Music where she gained a first-class honours degree and postgraduate diploma. She then joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, studying with Lillian Watson. In 2007, she won the Song prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Lies Askonas Prize. Laura attended the National Opera Studio during the 2007/08 season.

While at the NOS, Laura took part in residencies at WNO, Scottish Opera, Theatre Royal and Opera North, singing Illia/Idomeneo, Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Leila/The Pearlfishers. Other operatic roles include Countess Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro and Elisa/Tolomeo for BBIOS, Aldimira in Cavalli ‘s Erismena, First Witch/Dido and Aeneas, Ninfa and Proserpina/Orfeo (cover), all for English Touring Opera. More recently, she appeared at Scottish Opera in Smetana’s Two Widows, covering the role of Lidka.

Concert work includes Tippett’s Spirituals and Rutter’s Requiem at St.John Smith Square, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 with the Emerald Ensemble at Bristol Cathedral, Bach’s B Minor Mass at St John Smith Square, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir David Willcocks, Handel’s Messiah at Kings College Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury,Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the London Pro Arte Orchestra in Denmark and Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Hatfield Auditorium, conducted by Peter Stark.

In 2007/08, Laura sang Bach’s St. John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore at the QEH in London, which was followed by a tour through South Korea and Japan.
As a recitalist she has performed at the Teatro dei Rozzi Siena, the St.Peters Basilica Rome as well as the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St.James’ Piccadilly, and the Windsor, Chester and Beaumaris Festivals.
She has taken part in master classes with Robin Stapleton (Amici di Verdi) and with Roger Vignoles at the Leeds Lieder Festival.

Her most recent appearances include Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall with Mark Padmore and the OAE, recitals for the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Ismene/Mitridate for WNO with Sir Charles Mackkeras, Gilda/Rigoletto for the Grange Park Opera ‘Rising Stars’ series and ‘Messiah’ concerts with John Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

Future engagments include Helena and Countess Almaviva for ETO, Donna Elvira at Opera Holland Park and Kristina/The Makropoulos Case at ENO.

Laura gratefully receives the support of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for their Funding and Recital scheme, the Concordia Foundation for the Barthel Prize, the Wingate Scholarship, the Zetland Foundation, and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Kitty Whately

Kitty Whately

Mezzo-soprano

Dorabella

Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award 2011 and the 59th Royal Over-seas League Award for Singers, British mezzo soprano Kitty Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She was also a finalist at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition 2010.

Kitty has recently sung Rosina The Barber of Seville for English Touring Opera, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella Così fan tutte and Eduige Rodelinda for RCMIOS, Kate Owen Wingrave for Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival, and Edith in Arne’s Alfred for the Classical Opera Company. She has also sung cover roles in the world premiere of Peter Etvos’ Love and Other Demons for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Idamante Idomeneo for Buxton Festival Opera. Other operatic roles include Nancy Albert Herring, Juno Semele, Second Lady The Magic Flute, and Johanna Sweeney Todd.

On the recital platform, Kitty has worked with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Gary Matthewman and Joseph Middleton. She has given recitals at Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room (RAH), and Kings Place. A Samling Foundation Scholar, Kitty has also participated in a workshop week with Sir Thomas Allen and Roger Vignoles in 2010.

Highlights in 2012/13 season include her debut at the English National Opera, playing several roles in The Pilgrim’s Progress, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at St John’s Smith Square, Messiah at RAH, the Verbier Festival Christmas Concert, Dorabella Così fan tutte for English Touring Opera, Canteloube Chansons d’Auvergne with RPO at RFH, and a recital of Shakespeare settings at Wigmore Hall.

Kitty Whately was awarded the Cuthbert Smith prize, the Ted Moss and Bertha Taylor-Stach lieder prize and 1st place in the Joan Chissell Schumann competition. She is also supported by the English Touring Opera Young Artist Programme.

Anthony Gregory

Anthony Gregory

Tenor

Ferrando

Rising young tenor Anthony Gregory is a recipient of many awards and prizes including the Ian Fleming Award and the Lies Askonas Prize. He was a Jerwood Young Artist for 2010 at Glyndebourne and a trainee of the prestigious National Opera Studio in 2011-2012.

Last season he sang the title role of Lucio Silla (Classical Opera Company) and Edward Milfort Il cambiale matrimonio (Aix-en-Provence Festival Académie). Other engagements included Purcell The Fairy Queen (English Touring Opera); Schubert’s Rosamunde (BBC Philharmonic Orchestra); Bach St John Passion in Hereford Cathedral and the launch of a new recording of Chilcott’s Requiem in Wells Cathedral. In the 2012/13 season he makes ENO debut as Young Sailor Julietta and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (cover). Other engagements include Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte (English Touring Opera); Messiah at Cadogan Hall, Wells Cathedral and with Royal Scottish National Orchestra for his debut with the orchestra; a concert of Handel works with the Choir of Kings College Cambridge at the Royal Albert Hall; and a Christmas Concert at the Watford Coliseum.

Toby Girling

Toby Girling

Baritone

Guglielmo

Toby Girling has just finished his studies at Frankfurt Opera Studio. He is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Robert Dean.

He was a member of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival Chorus in 2010 in the Michael Grandage production of Billy Budd, in which he also sang the role of Arthur Jones and covered the role of Donald. Previous engagements have included Ceprano, Rigoletto (Iford Festival), the Narrator in Conor Mitchell’s The Musician (Belfast Festival), Dancaire, Carmen (Swindon Opera) and Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas.

Toby has taken part in recitals on BBC Radio 3 as well as in venues throughout the UK. As a member of Frankfurt Opera Studio his appearances this season include roles in Don Carlos, Tristan und Isolde, La Vida Breve and Daphne, as well as a number of ‘Young Artists’ concerts and productions. Last summer Toby sang Guglielmo, Così fan tutte and the Sorceress, Dido and Aeneas at the Verbier Festival Academy and he made his debut at the Wexford Festival in the autumn.

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Soprano

Despina

Paula received the Tagor Gold Medal from the RCM and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Competition. At RCM, she was a finalist for the Young Concert Artists Trust and received the Coutts & Co. Award along with the Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship supported by a Clayton Award. Operatic roles include Norina/ Don Pasquale, Gilda/ Rigoletto (Preggio Opera Festival, Italy); Atalanta/ Atalanta (Handel Society); Bastienne/ Bastien und Bastienne (Skipton Camerata); Mimi/ La bohème, Inez/ Il trovatore (both Opus I Opera); Grasshopper/ The Cunning Little Vixen (RCM). Covers include Governess/ Turn of the Screw (Opera North). Concert engagements include Mozart Unwrapped (King’s Place with Roger Vignoles November 2011), City of Dreams (Philharmonia Orchestra concert series 2009); City Music Society series (Eric Falk Trust Award). Paula has also recorded a Peroni advert soundtrack. Previously for ETO, Paula has performed the roles of Pamina/ The Magic Flute, Clizia/ Teseo, Emilia/ Flavio, Susanna/ Figaro.
www.operauk.com/paula-sides

Richard Mosley-Evans

Richard Mosley-Evans

Bass-baritone

Don Alfonso

Richard Mosley-Evans was born in Cardiff and trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Awards include Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Sybil Tutton Opera Scholarship and twice winner of the Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship. Operatic roles include cover Gepetto/ The Adventure of Pinocchio (ON); Bosun/ Billy Budd, Doctor, Servant and Herald/ Macbeth, cover Father/ Hänsel und Gretel, Steuermann/ Tristan und Isolde (all for GFO); The Mayor/ Jenůfa (GTO); Le Dancaire/ Carmen, cover Don Alfonso/ Cosi fan tutte (both GFO and GTO); Sacristan/ Tosca (Raymond Gubbay at RAH). Recordings include DVD releases of Billy Budd, Tristan und Isolde, Gianni Schicchi for GFO, various TV/Radio broadcasts from Glyndebourne and at the Proms (RAH).

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    7th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  3. Curve, Leicester
    11th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  4. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    15th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    19th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  7. Norwich Theatre Royal
    25th Mar 2013 - 7:30 pm
  8. The Hawth, Crawley
    2nd Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  9. Lighthouse, Poole
    5th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  10. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    8th Apr 2013 - 7:45 pm
  11. York Theatre Royal
    11th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    15th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  13. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    18th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  14. Gala Theatre, Durham
    22nd Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  15. Buxton Opera House
    25th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  16. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    30th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
  17. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  18. Warwick Arts Centre
    8th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  19. Warwick Arts Centre
    9th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  20. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    18th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    23rd May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  22. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th May 2013 - 7:30 pm
  23. G Live Guildford
    27th May 2013 - 7:45 pm

Your Comments

  1. Saw this at Poole, Absolutely fantastic, I would go again!

    Said simon evers at 07:56am on 6th Apr 2013

  2. I'd wanted to see a live opera for years and this was my first at Wolverhampton's Grand for a cultured girl's night out. It was a stunning production, faultless cast and those voices were mesmerising. Beautiful music played by a wonderful orchestra. And we all fell a bit in love with Anthony Gregory! Can't wait for ETO's next Mozart production.

    Said Pauline Brettell at 10:38am on 16th Apr 2013

  3. Just back from seeing this in Buxton. A lovely spirited production, voices and personalities of the singers were perfectly suited to Mozart. looking forward to Magic Flute next year

    Said Ann Walker at 23:50pm on 25th Apr 2013

  4. Outstanding. I don't think this production could be bettered.

    Said Iain Barker at 17:41pm on 28th Apr 2013

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