SYNOPSIS

 

Music by W.A. Mozart | Sung in Italian with English supertitles

A sophisticated comedy about the naiveté of love, and considered to be one of Mozart’s most “controversial” operas. 

 

ACT 1

In a cafe, Ferrando and Guglielmo express certainty that their fiancées will be eternally faithful. Don Alfonso expresses skepticism and claims that there is no such thing as a faithful woman. He lays a wager with the two men, claiming he can prove in a day's time that those two, like all women, are fickle.

Alfonso delivers the bad news to the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi: the men have been called off to war. Ferrando and Guglielmo arrive, brokenhearted, and bid farewell to their loves. Despina, the maid, mocks the mourning sisters, advising them to take new lovers while their beloveds are away.

The two men then arrive in disguise. The sisters are alarmed by the presence of strange men in their home. The men tell the sisters that they are led by love. The sisters refuse to give in, despite the men trying ridiculous tactics to win their affections.

ACT 2

Despina urges the sisters to succumb to the exotic strangers. Dorabella confesses to Fiordiligi that she is tempted, and the two agree that a mere and innocent flirtation will help them to pass the time waiting for their lovers to return. The sisters pair off with the man of their choice, which is the opposite of what the men planned. Guglielmo woos Dorabella. Ferrando is less successful with Fiordiligi and becomes enraged when he later finds out that Guglielmo was successful with Dorabella. Dorabella admits her indiscretion to Fiordiligi. The latter decides to go to the front and find her fiancé. Before she can leave, though, Ferrando arrives and seduces her. Guglielmo is distraught.

The double wedding is set for the sisters and their foreign grooms. Despina, disguised as a notary, presents the marriage contract. Directly thereafter, military music is heard in the distance, indicating the return of the officers. The men hurry off to hide and return in their own clothes. Alfonso drops the marriage contract in front of them, and, when they read it, they pretend to be enraged. After the sisters apologize, the men reveal that they were in disguise as the foreigners to test their fidelity. The sisters realize they have been duped. All is seemingly forgiven.





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Friday, July 12 | Opening Night Performance

Gala Reception at 6pm and reserved seating for the performance at 7:30pm; with our dazzling after-party with the cast to follow!

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All performances begin at 7:30pm





CAST & CREW

* Minnesota Local/Native | ~Mill City Summer Opera Debut

 
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KARIN WOLVERTON*~

Fiordiligi

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SARAH LARSEN*~

Dorabella

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Heather Johnson

Despina

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Javier AbreU

Ferrando

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Sidney Outlaw~

Guglielmo

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Andrew Wilkowske*

Don Alfonso


BRIAN DEMARIS

Music Director

Crystal Manich~

Stage Director

Michael Shann*

Director of Production

Annie Henley*

Scenic Designer

 

Alice Fredrickson*~

Costume Designer

Paul Hackenmueller*~

Lighting Designer

Jason Allen

Wig & Makeup Designer

 

Lara Bolton*

Head of Music

Haley Stamats~

Assistant Director

Abbee Warmboe*

Props Master

 

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