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Così fan tutte at the New York Met

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04 July 2013 Events

This is something not every does every day: flying to New York to see “Così fan tutte” at the Metropolitan Opera. Still, not just one of Mozart’s most beautiful operas, but also one of the most vibrant metropolises on earth awaits classical music aficionados taking this trip. A unique opportunity for fall…

One of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, stages “Così fan tutte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in September and October 2013. Further performances are scheduled for April and May 2014. After a hiatus of two years for health reasons, the Met music director James Levine will conduct again. He is considered one of the greatest contemporary conductors and has been a part of the Met ensemble for four decades.

Under the aegis of Levine, aspiring opera stars enter the limelight: soprano Susanna Phillips and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sing the parts of the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, their suitors will be personified by the tenor Matthew Polezani and the Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov. The soprano Danielle de Niese of Australian descent will wreak havoc as the scheming Despina.

The Metropolitan Opera – grandeur with a big name

The Metropolitan Opera – referred to as “The Met” – is considered one of the leading opera houses in the world, on a par with the Staatsoper Vienna and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The Met has always been known for bringing the greatest names in the opera world to New York, such Lilli Lehmann, Jean and Edouard des Reszke, Nellie Melba and especially Enrico Caruso, who had his debut as Duke in “Rigoletto” in 1903 and was engaged at the Met until 1920. Or the legendary Maria Callas, celebrating triumphs, as “Norma” for instance, in the 1950s. Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti also belong to the “who's who” of the Met.

A family version of “The Magic Flute” for Christmas

A highlight for families is an English version of “The Magic Flute” performed in December 2013 and January 2014. This production full of imagination is especially targeted at families who wish to be spirited away into the fairy tale world of Mozart for Christmas. In this version abridged to 100 minutes, Alke Shrader shines as Tamino, Eric Owens as Sarastro and Nathan Gunn as Papageno. Dancing bears, giant flamingos and the superb music of Mozart will enchant young and old music aficionados alike.

Ticket sales for both productions start on August 11, 2013.

Scene from

Scene from "Così fan tutte"

Photo: Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera
Scene from

Scene from "Così fan tutte"

Photo: Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine

Photo: Koichi Miura / Metropolitan Opera