Among the precedents for Mozart and Da Ponte’s final masterpiece, Così fan tutte, was Les Femmes Vengées (The Avenging Wives), a 1775 opéra-comique by Philidor and Sedaine. In a mirror image of Così’s plot, the women humorously uncover, punish, and forgive their husband’s infidelities. With a cast of six vocalists nearly identical to Così, Opera Lafayette reproduces the innovative set created for Les Femmes Vengées, and conceives and performs both operas with the same cast and set, and with a continuous story line. In Così, the pairs of lovers begin their familiar exploration of love and deception, guided by Don Alphonso’s challenge to the men; in Les Femmes Vengées, the four are older, married couples, and it is Despina’s counterpart Madame Riss who leads the wives to a better understanding of their husbands.
Opera Lafayette presents Cosi in this French version to shed new light on a familiar work and to integrate it with one of its most successful forerunners. Les Femmes Vengées will be an American premiere.
Event begins at 2:00PM
Presented by: Opera Lafayette
Featured Artist(s): Ryan Brown, conductor Nick Olcott, directorascale Beaudin, Fleurdelise Blandine Staskiewicz, Dorabelle Alex Dobson,* Guillaume Antonio Figueroa, Fernand Claire Debono, Delphine Bernard Deletré, Don Alphonse Jeffrey Thompson, peintre