St. Pete Opera kicks off new season this weekend with Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’

Maestro Mark Sforzini calls it a 'masterpiece that weds vocal and instrumental parts in a perfect marriage. '

click to enlarge St. Pete Opera kicks off new season this weekend with Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’
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St. Pete Opera Company's 16th season starts this weekend with three performances of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” happening Friday night, Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night. And don’t worry, though the opera is sung in Italian, English subtitles are projected above the screen.

After a holiday break, the company is back in February with another 3-show run of Handel’s “Semele.” 

During his musical career from about 1764-1788, the famed Austrian composer wrote three pieces in collaboration with the Italian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte: “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Don Giovanni” and “Così fan tutte.” 

Written in 1789, “Così fan tutte” centers around two military officers who insist their girlfriends would never cheat on them and an older man who counters there isn’t any woman incapable of infidelity.

St. Petersburg Opera Maestro Mark Sforzini, who founded the not-for-profit company in 2007, said “Così fan tutte” was selected to open the season because it’s a “masterpiece that weds vocal and instrumental parts in a perfect marriage. 

“This opera requires six leads who can shine in both their individual arias and ensemble numbers,",” said Sforzini, St. Petersburg Opera’s artistic and executive director. ““I felt I had just the right six who have all worked here in the past, so it’s a very happy reunion for our first full-on production since the pandemic.”

The 2021 Palladium production features Lara Lynn McGill (soprano), as “Fiordiligi,” Sarah Nordin (mezzo-soprano) as “Dorabella,” Kelly Curtin (soprano), as “Despina, John Kaneklides (tenor) as “Ferrando,” Tyler Putnam (bass-baritone) as “Guglielmo” and Erik Kroncke (bass) as “Don Alfonso.”

The season wraps up with Gaetano Donizetti’s French comedy “La fille du régiment” in June. Currently, the Palladium follows St. Petersburg College’s lead requiring masks for all indoor performances, but as the pandemic changes so do protocols so it’s best to check before you go. (Hough Hall at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg.)

St. Pete Opera Company Cosí Fan Tutte. Friday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., $15-$95. The Palladium at St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg.

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