Classic or modern? The audience decides!
Danish National Opera invites the audience to be a key part of a performance of Così fan tutte. The public are to help us choose whether the performance is to be a classic or a modern version of Mozart’s masterpiece. This is democratic opera – and the choice is in the hands of the public.
Once the audience is in their seats the doors are closed and everyone is invited to vote for a classic or a modern staging. The volume of the audience’s applause determines the choice and shortly afterwards the curtain rises …
After the break the audience votes again to decide the outcome of the story – truth or consequences.
Mozart’s Così fan tutte, about two sisters who are duped into swapping their fiancés, is one of the most amusing and intelligent operas ever. The men and women are both caught up in the confusion of falling in love – should they choose one or the other?
“When we choose one path, at the same time we reject another that might have given us more happiness or satisfaction,” says General Manager and Artistic Director Annilese Miskimmon, who has created the new concept democratic opera.
CONDUCTOR AND STAGE DIRECTOR
Conductor Benjamin Bayl
Dutch / Australian conductor. Has worked with symphony orchestras and in opera houses all over the world. Most recently Don Giovanni at the Royal Danish Theatre (‘14), The Love of Apollo and Daphne with Københavns Musikteater and the St. Matthew Passion with the Norrland Opera. Will be conducting The Marriage of Figaro at the Ópera de Oviedo in Spain.
At the Danish National Opera the stage director Elisabeth Linton has staged Tosca (‘13), Eugen Onegin (‘03), for which she was awarded the Reumert Talent Prize, The Confessional (‘06), which won a Reumert for Opera of the Year, and Faust (‘08). In addition Tristan and Isolde, Finnish National Opera ‘13, Evita, Aalborg Theatre, The Three Musketeers and Nabucco, Royal Danish Theatre, Don Giovanni, Stadttheater Bern ‘11, La bohème, Gothenburg Opera, The Flying Dutchman, Norrland Opera, Prosperin, Musikfestspiele Sansoussi PotsdamStage designer Rikke Juellund, costume designer Astrid Lynge Ottosen and lighting designer Pia Virolainen.
Stage designer Rikke Juellund, costume designer Astrid Lynge Ottosen and lighting designer Pia Virolainen.
Fiordiligi Kate Valentine / Elin Pritchard
Dorabella Trine Bastrup Møller / Astrid Robillard
Guglielmo Jens Søndergaard / Nicholas Lester
Ferrando Joel Annmo / Conny Thimander
Despina Klara Ek / Berit Barfred Jensen
Don Alfonso Jonathan Best / Andreas Franzén.
Chorus of the Danish National Opera.
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra / Odense Symphony Orchestra / South Denmark Philharmonic /
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra / Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Language: Italian with Danish surtitles.
Duration c. 3 hours with break
Denmark 4 February – 17 March 2015
Premiere at Musikhuset Aarhus 4 February 2015, 19:30
Read more at www.jyske-opera.dk
Contact and interviews: Anne Visby Larsen, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +45 29 80 42 73.