The Sporting Life: Mozart at Nashville Opera Edition

Come out a for a little sporting fun this winter. Nashville Opera presents W.A. Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater, located at 505 Deaderick Street in Downtown Nashville. John Hoomes, Nashville Opera’s Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, leads the production with Maestro Dean Williamson conducting the Nashville Opera Orchestra.

It all starts with a bet: Two young men enter into a wager with an older bachelor to prove the indestructible fidelity of their beautiful fiancées. Lesson #1: Never make bets in which romance is involved.

This comic opera is the peak of Mozart’s brilliant exploration into the workings of love. Following closely on the heels of such masterpieces as The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte is the ultimate statement on the dissimilarity between men and women when it comes to affairs of the heart.

“With Così fan tutte, we have an opera written by Mozart at the peak of his powers as a composer,” said John Hoomes, Nashville Opera’s CEO and Artistic Director. “Every note in exactly the right place, and every emotion deftly revealed through one gorgeous melody after another. This opera skillfully blends light-hearted comedy with dramatic circumstances to offer deep insight into the intricate workings of the human heart.”

The cast includes soprano Lacy Sauter as Fiordiligi, mezzo-soprano Katherine Sanford as Dorabella, tenor Todd Barnhill as Ferrando, baritone Patrick McNally as Guglielmo, soprano Emily Pulley as Despina, and baritone John Hancock as Don Alfonso.
Soprano Emily Pulley’s radiant voice and electrifying acting have won her both national and international acclaim on the operatic stages.

Performances are Friday, January 22 at 8 PM; Sunday Matinee, January 24 at 2 PM; and Tuesday, January 26 at 7 PM. Approximate running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes, which includes one 20-minute intermission. The opera is sung in Italian with easy-to-read projected English supertitles.

One hour prior to curtain on the orchestra level, Hoomes will present a lively and informative Opera Insights preview talk with amusing trivia and insider stories to make the evening more fun. The preview talk is free to all ticket holders with no reservations required.

Tickets for Così fan tutte start at $29 and are available by calling the Nashville Opera Box Office at 615.832-5242, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Box Office at 615.782-4040, or online at www.nashvilleopera.org.

Nashville Opera, Tennessee’s largest professional opera company, is dedicated to creating legendary productions and programs. Among the most successful regional companies in the United States of America, Nashville Opera has presented three different world premiere operas since its inception in 1981. Main stage performances are presented at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Noah Liff Opera Center, playing to over 13,000 people annually. Nashville Opera’s extensive education and outreach touring program reaches approximately 25,000 students throughout Middle Tennesse