March 06, 2019


A romantic comedy for the ages, Mozart’s Così fan tutte is sure to school you on love. The cynically mischievous Don Alfonso (Alessandro Corbelli) stirs the pot with two earnest young officers, Ferrando (Andrew Stenson) and Guglielmo (Joshua Hopkins), betting that their fiancées, sisters Fiordiligi (Ana María Martínez) and Dorabella (Marianne Crebassa), cannot remain faithful for 24 hours. The officers depart as if to go to war, then return disguised to woo each other’s beloved. Don Alfonso manipulates the proceedings in cahoots with the sisters’ maid, the ever-resourceful Despina (Elena Tsallagova/Lyric debut).  

See what critics are saying about this simple bet that puts love to the test:

Lyric’s international cast is one of the strongest and most satisfyingly integrated vocal ensembles the company has fielded in recent Così memory.”

Lyric has done its Mozart tradition proud on the musical end, casting young, vocally and physically attractive singers in the central roles and surrounding them with worthy contributions from the pit and production team.”

3.5 Stars — Chicago Tribune

“If you haven’t seen Così fan tutte before, prepare for the possibility that your own heart will be caught in its trap.”

“Sophisticated, fun-filled, and pervasively beautiful.”

Highly recommended — Chicago Sun-Times

Crebassa’s vivid depiction of the more romantically impetuous sister was never boring, and just as winning dramatically as vocally.”

Alessandro Corbelli proved a superb Don Alfonso.”

Così fan tutte is a success almost across the board — Chicago Classical Review

Lyric presentation of Mozart’s Così fan tutte generously made possible by

Lead sponsor

The Negaunee Foundation


Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin

Marion A. Cameron

Nancy and Sanfred Koltun

Così fan tutte is a joint production of Opéra de Monte-Carlo and San Francisco Opera.

Photos: Andrew Cioffi, Cory Weaver