A Night at the Opera: Così fan tutte / by Didier Young

After the dramatic temperature drop caused by the polar vortex this past week, I was definitely in the mood for some comedy in my life. Coincidentally, I was invited to attend the opening night of the Canadian Opera Company’s newest opera, Così fan tutte, a whimsical production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comedy. So I dusted off my suit, polished my shoes and made my way to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this past Tuesday.

The gorgeous Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is home to both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. This marks my third time at the Centre to attend an opera and my fifth overall and I will admit that I never tire of the sight of the building. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the theatre was built specifically for opera and ballet performances thus guaranteeing the finest level of acoustics, a stage that fluidly changes based on the needs of the performances and a flexible orchestra pit that may accommodate over 100 musicians. Of course, the design of the theatre also takes the audience into consideration by making sure that you’d get a clear view no matter which seat you are enjoying the performance from.

Così fan tutte is a comedy first performed in Vienna on the 26th of January 1790. The Italian play follows the story of Ferrando and Guglielmo who take on a wager to test the faithfulness of their fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi. After pretending to head off to war, the two men return disguised as two Albanians and proceed to woe each other’s fiancé. I will not ruin the ending but I will simply say that I was quite entertained throughout this three hour long romantic tug-of-war between our four protagonists. People often have the assumption that opera is an activity reserved to an older demographic but I beg to differ. It may be more of an acquired taste but there are so many different types of opera, whether you are looking for a comedy or for a Shakespearian-scale drama. Much like it is the case when you’re talking about the worlds of music and cinematography, you simply need to find the right genre for you to enjoy.

Così fan tutte is on until the 23rd of February but if you can’t make it, don’t worry: The Canadian Opera Company has some great operas coming out this year such as La Bohème and Otello. The opera doesn’t have to be expensive either as they have $22 tickets available for patrons between the ages of 16 and 29. So if you’re in for a fantastic night out, just suit up and come enjoy the show.

-Didier

This post was made in collaboration with the Canadian Opera Company; all thoughts and opinions are my own.