Così fan tutte


“Mozart’s last and wisest Italian comic opera.” – Los Angeles Times

The chance to experience one of Mozart’s greatest operas newly created for the intimate Newmark Theatre is something you will never forget.

A simple bet puts love to the test. Will two young women betray their lovers? All of the chemistry and questions of young love play out in this profoundly complex comedy that will leave you to draw your own conclusions about fidelity, infidelity, and forgiveness. Possibly his most beautiful outpouring of music, Mozart’s tale is time-less and universal.

Sung in Italian with English text projected above the stage. The running time is approximately three hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission.

Please note: This production contains adult content that may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13.

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Antonia Tamer

Kate Farrar

Aaron Short

Ryan Thorn

Don Alfonso
Daniel Mobbs

Mary Dunleavy


Conductor/Chorus Master
Nicholas Fox

Roy Rallo

Scenic Designer
Daniel Meeker

Costume Designer
Alison Heryer

Lighting Designer
Connie Yun

Video Designer
Paul Clay

Plot & Program Notes

Continuing Portland Opera’s season of love, is Mozart’s most sensuously beautiful opera, Così fan tutte. Mozart’s place in music is unparalleled and his relationship to opera unique. Mozart’s work, no matter the genre, epitomizes the music of the classical period and the idealism of the Age of Enlightenment. Mozart’s art, like no other, meets humanity’s longing for wholeness and reconciliation.

Così fan tutte is the third of Mozart’s operas with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, following the great success of The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. It is easy to dismiss da Ponte’s scenario as trivial: Two young couples are challenged by an older, wiser man to discover whether their love is true. He convinces the two young men to disguise themselves and then to attempt to seduce the other’s lover. While the action is often madcap comedy, the emotional impact is deeply affecting, due to Mozart’s rich music, teasing out meaning where a lesser composer could not.

Returning to Portland Opera after the critically acclaimed production of The Rake’s Progress (2015), is Director Roy Rallo. Nicholas Fox, Portland Opera’s Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor, who made his Portland Opera conducting debut with the enormously popular The Elixir of Love in 2015, will conduct.