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Così fan tutte

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Così fan tutte

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte

The old and sophisticated Don Alfonso decides to teach his two friends, Ferrando and Guglielmo, a lesson about love and fidelity , and suggests a wager and a test of their fiancées’ fidelity. The two men are somewhat offended but agree to the wager, knowing that their fiancées – Fiordiligi and Dorabella – are totally faithful to them. There is a tearful farewell – as the men leave and “go out to war” . Despina, Fiordiligi and Dorabella’s maid, encourages the girls to “have a good time” while their fiancés are away. When the men return in disguise, they gradually succeed in conquering the heart of the other’s fiancé, and in just one day the preparations for the wedding are already under way. The truth is revealed at the last moment. The original couples are reunited, but their joy is not real. Don Alfonso collects his earnings, and advises all to forgive and forget.

Director notes

"How is it possible for one's heart to change in a single day?” – Fiordiligi sings from the emotional jungle in which she finds herself in the opera “Così fan tutte”. This question touches the dramaturgical principle at the basis of this opera – transformation and change. The plot vacillates between the playfulness, pleasure and excitement of change, and on the other hand, the dread, betrayal and cruelty that change involves. The characters that appear in Da Ponte's libretto scuttle back and forth in the tension between the steadfast and permanent, the erratic and volatile. But at the intersection between the steady and the changing – there is the heart. And when the heart sways, the change can be treacherous.

Participants

Musical Director and Conductor: Omer Arieli
Stage Director: Ari Teperberg
Assistant Stage Director: Ehud Andre Vardi

Soloists:
Gabriele Ribis – baritone, Guglielmo
Denis Sedov – bass, Don Alfonso
Oshri Segev – tenor, Ferrando
Mima Milo – soprano, Despina
Elinor Sohn – soprano, Fiordiligi
Aleksandra Kovalevich – mezzo soprano, Dorabella
Artistic Advisor: Gabriele Ribis
Musical Advisor: Diana Tsaliovich
Producer: Smadar Cohen Rosenfeld

The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra
Concertmeister: Bella Portnov

The Jerusalem Opera Choir
Set Designer: Shani Tur
Costume Designer: Shira Wise
Lighting Designer: Nadav Barnea
Technical Manager: Yitzchak Kannay-Teperberg
Stage Manager: Lee Teperberg-Kannay
Pianist: Daniel Shefi
Lighting and Sound: Magenta
Make-up: Lilach Ofek Achai
Dressers: Inna Avgustbiris
Hairstyling: Inbal Maor
Stagehands: Eitan Tadmor, Paz Psherhofer
Projections: Lustig Projections and Video
Assistant Producer: Avital Padwa
Graphic Designer: Revital Toren
Public Relations: Anat Meromi Public Relations
Advertising and Marketing: Bimot, The Ashdod Performing Arts Centre
Video Production: Udi Alfasi, Tranquilo Productions
Still Photography: Elad Zagman
PR Photography: Yair Meyuchas, Studio Zooz
Surtitles: Oshri Segev
Surtitle Projectionist: Shira Katz
Choir Coordinator: David Kovensky

The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra
Concertmeister: Bella Portnov
First Violin: Ilya Kuzinets; Etel Gur; Katerina Petrovsky; Tiran Nikohosyan
Second Violin: Mishilem Getman; Bella Nimelstein; Irina Karon; Viktoriya Litvinov
Viola: Michael Rozenblum; Daniel Ratush; Roman Blank; Valentina Malahov
Cello: Yaacov Gluzman; Kheif Zinovi; Evguenia Khananiev
Double Bass: Ivgeny Shatzky; Sasha Badov
Flute: Meitar Matzhner; Tami Djldov
Oboe: Inga Uritzkaya; Nagya Drapkina
Clarinet: Biran Noa Figer; Vladimir Mishchii
Bassoon: Reuven Mozes; Alexander Fine
Trumpet: Marat Gurevich; Roman Shcheglov
French Horn: Zohar Yaar; Yuriy Krimshtein
Timpani: Leonid Rashko

Jerusalem Opera Choir:
Rania Ateek; Yael Avram; Pascal (Ariel) Carlie; Liron Givoni; Stas Davidov; Brian Hoffman; David Kovensky; Revital Toren; Maayan Tsuk-Ran; Maayan Weizman; Iphigenie Worbes; Ehoud Yaari;

Actors/Extras:
Adam Shpira; Chihiro Tazuro

Così fan tutte

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte

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The old and sophisticated Don Alfonso decides to teach his two friends, Ferrando and Guglielmo, a lesson about love and fidelity , and suggests a wager and a test of their fiancées’ fidelity. The two men are somewhat offended but agree to the wager, knowing that their fiancées – Fiordiligi and Dorabella – are totally faithful to them. There is a tearful farewell – as the men leave and “go out to war” . Despina, Fiordiligi and Dorabella’s maid, encourages the girls to “have a good time” while their fiancés are away. When the men return in disguise, they gradually succeed in conquering the heart of the other’s fiancé, and in just one day the preparations for the wedding are already under way. The truth is revealed at the last moment. The original couples are reunited, but their joy is not real. Don Alfonso collects his earnings, and advises all to forgive and forget.

Director notes

"How is it possible for one's heart to change in a single day?” – Fiordiligi sings from the emotional jungle in which she finds herself in the opera “Così fan tutte”. This question touches the dramaturgical principle at the basis of this opera – transformation and change. The plot vacillates between the playfulness, pleasure and excitement of change, and on the other hand, the dread, betrayal and cruelty that change involves. The characters that appear in Da Ponte's libretto scuttle back and forth in the tension between the steadfast and permanent, the erratic and volatile. But at the intersection between the steady and the changing – there is the heart. And when the heart sways, the change can be treacherous.

Participants

Musical Director and Conductor: Omer Arieli
Stage Director: Ari Teperberg
Assistant Stage Director: Ehud Andre Vardi

Soloists:
Gabriele Ribis – baritone, Guglielmo
Denis Sedov – bass, Don Alfonso
Oshri Segev – tenor, Ferrando
Mima Milo – soprano, Despina
Elinor Sohn – soprano, Fiordiligi
Aleksandra Kovalevich – mezzo soprano, Dorabella
Artistic Advisor: Gabriele Ribis
Musical Advisor: Diana Tsaliovich
Producer: Smadar Cohen Rosenfeld

The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra
Concertmeister: Bella Portnov

The Jerusalem Opera Choir
Set Designer: Shani Tur
Costume Designer: Shira Wise
Lighting Designer: Nadav Barnea
Technical Manager: Yitzchak Kannay-Teperberg
Stage Manager: Lee Teperberg-Kannay
Pianist: Daniel Shefi
Lighting and Sound: Magenta
Make-up: Lilach Ofek Achai
Dressers: Inna Avgustbiris
Hairstyling: Inbal Maor
Stagehands: Eitan Tadmor, Paz Psherhofer
Projections: Lustig Projections and Video
Assistant Producer: Avital Padwa
Graphic Designer: Revital Toren
Public Relations: Anat Meromi Public Relations
Advertising and Marketing: Bimot, The Ashdod Performing Arts Centre
Video Production: Udi Alfasi, Tranquilo Productions
Still Photography: Elad Zagman
PR Photography: Yair Meyuchas, Studio Zooz
Surtitles: Oshri Segev
Surtitle Projectionist: Shira Katz
Choir Coordinator: David Kovensky

The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra
Concertmeister: Bella Portnov
First Violin: Ilya Kuzinets; Etel Gur; Katerina Petrovsky; Tiran Nikohosyan
Second Violin: Mishilem Getman; Bella Nimelstein; Irina Karon; Viktoriya Litvinov
Viola: Michael Rozenblum; Daniel Ratush; Roman Blank; Valentina Malahov
Cello: Yaacov Gluzman; Kheif Zinovi; Evguenia Khananiev
Double Bass: Ivgeny Shatzky; Sasha Badov
Flute: Meitar Matzhner; Tami Djldov
Oboe: Inga Uritzkaya; Nagya Drapkina
Clarinet: Biran Noa Figer; Vladimir Mishchii
Bassoon: Reuven Mozes; Alexander Fine
Trumpet: Marat Gurevich; Roman Shcheglov
French Horn: Zohar Yaar; Yuriy Krimshtein
Timpani: Leonid Rashko

Jerusalem Opera Choir:
Rania Ateek; Yael Avram; Pascal (Ariel) Carlie; Liron Givoni; Stas Davidov; Brian Hoffman; David Kovensky; Revital Toren; Maayan Tsuk-Ran; Maayan Weizman; Iphigenie Worbes; Ehoud Yaari;

Actors/Extras:
Adam Shpira; Chihiro Tazuro

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