reviewed by Paula Citron
Così fan tutte
Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by Martin Isepp
Directed by Michael Patrick Albano
Starring Betty Allison, Erin Fisher, Lisa DiMaria, Adam Luther, Alexander Hajek and Michael Uloth
At the Tannenbaum Opera Centre until Jun. 21
The annual production of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio showcases future stars in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Baritone Alexander Hajek as Guglielmo is one to watch with his creamy, romantic, Italianate sound. One hopes that his short stature won’t impede his career. Soprano Lisa DiMaria’s Despina shows a sparkling light lyric voice and charming personality. The bold tenor of Adam Luther as Ferrando is clearly a heavier fach in the making. Soprano Betty Allison’s Fiordiligi displays an arching, bell like voice of exciting timbre. Michael Uloth’s Don Alfonso is a baby bass of great promise. Mezzo-soprano Erin Fisher as Dorabella has to flesh out colour to overcome a bland delivery. The good news is that acting skills are high.
The production has been given a flat but serviceable treatment by conductor Martin Isepp, and mildly amusing staging by director Michael Patrick Albano. Lorenzo Savoini’s Edwardian costumes are lovely, but his set is cumbersome.
Così fan tutte continues at the Tannenbaum Opera Centre until Jun. 21.