Maryland Opera Studio: Così fan tutte
Does fidelity exist? When a cynical old bachelor convinces two young soldiers to test the fidelity of their fiancés, comedy comes close to catastrophe and reveals the flaws of human nature.
Featured in DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014
Cosi Fan Tutte was recognized for:
- Best University Productions
- Jaely Chamberlin's role as Despina
- Loghan Bazan's role as Dorabella
- Ethan Lee Greene's role as Don Alfonso
- Teresa Hitchcock's role as Fiordiligi
- Sammy Huh's role as Ferrando
- Gregory Voinier's role as Guglielmo
Review by DC Metro Theater Arts
While some minimalist opera productions are unable to find the talent to sustain the production without the support of elaborate sets and costumes, Maryland Opera Studio has no such problems. With such proficient actors, with such beautifully trained voices, I found myself grateful that the songs and the story were allowed to stand on their own.
— TIFFANY DRAUT, DC Metro Theater Arts, November 22, 2014
Preview by The Diamondback
The story is no less controversial today as it was then, but for vastly different reasons. Literally translated, “Così fan tutte” means “how all women act.” The opera can come off as a sexist portrayal of a woman’s position in a relationship, but at the same time, the foolish behavior of both male and female characters hints that neither gender has the upper hand.
— DANIELLE OHL, The Diamondback, November 21, 2014