Così fan tutte

Washington National Opera

  • Moritz’s production `displays its beauties like a precious antique`

    Washington Post
  • The whole thing is enchantingly cheeky.

    Washington Post
  • …a treat as eye-catching and tasty as the richest of Viennese pastries… a delight!

    DC Metro Arts
  • Young Baltimore Director Alison Moritz deserves much credit for the success of the production. She has clearly taken great pains to support these women’s performances.

    DC Metro Arts
  • If you’re in need of lighter-than-air meringue fare, this is a delectable evening of opera.

    DC Metro Arts
  • Refreshingly entertaining!

    Broadway World
  • raditional but with attentive Personenregie and a sly twist at the end… [Moritz’s Così] channels a sort of quotidian ebullience

    Parterre

Production Details

Production Highlights

  • New Production
  • Washington National Opera, 2022

Creative Team

Director:
Alison Moritz
Conductor:
Erina Yashima
Scenic Design:
Erhard Rom
Projection Design:
S. Katy Tucker
Costume Design:
Lynly Saunders
Lighting Design:
Mark McCullough
Photo Credit:
Scott Suchman

A Message From Alison

This jewel-box production of Così fan tutte was built to feature an all-star cast in a celebration of WNO’s return to the Kennedy Center after the pandemic. From the start, I wanted to set the opera in period, as a sort of comedy of manners with a fresh coat of paint. The foibles of the human heart are, of course, evergreen - that is what makes Mozart’s masterpieces so indelible to the spirit.

Our team worked to reveal the core of this notoriously tricky opera by using the misdirection of overt theatricality (including Monty Python-esque projections that reminded us that the audience is always in on the joke) and by sweetening the bitter pill of experience with delicious costumes and lighter-than-air comedy.

-akm

Press

  • REVIEW:Washington National Opera’s ‘Così fan tutte’ is skillfully out of sync with the times (Washington Post)
  • REVIEW:WNO’s ‘Così fan tutte’ is a treat as tasty as a Viennese pastry (DC Theatre Arts)
  • REVIEW:‘Così,’ cheap ‘n cheerful (Parterre)

Production Photos

  • A scene from a live stage production of Così fan tutte, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of Così fan tutte, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of Così fan tutte, directed by Alison Moritz.