Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon, Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Ana Maria Martinez, Fiordiligi
Ruxandra Donose, Dorabella
Rodion Pogossov, Guglielmo
Saimir Pirgu, Ferrando
Frederica von Stade, Despina
Richard Stilwell, Don Alfonso
Harry Silverstein, Stage Director
Cast change: Richard Stilwell will perform in place of John Del Carlo, who is ill.
In 2008 James Conlon led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra into the Martin Theatre for two intimate concert productions of the Mozart operas Don Giovanni and The Abduction from the Seraglio. Instant sell-outs, the shows had staying power on the minds and hearts of all who saw them.
Now the magic’s back, as Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus return to the Martin Theatre with a collection of brilliant soloists—including the legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, who wowed Ravinia audiences last year as Don Giovanni; Ana Maria Martinez who commanded the Ravinia gala stage with Placido Domingo; and Nathan Gunn (recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award, he was recently named one of the “sexiest men alive” by People magazine)—in two of the composer’s most popular comedies, with librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte: Cosí fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro, each presented for one night and one matinee only.
Mozart really swings in Così, a comedy about fiancée-swapping filled with the kind of devilish bets, mistaken identities and double crosses found in the best of Shakespeare’s romps.
Concert features supertitles.
1:30 p.m. – Bennett • Gordon Hall
Nathan Gunn, Baritone
Julie Gunn, Piano
Tickets: FREE to those holding tickets to main stage performance