The Met Opera’s upcoming “Così fan tutte” is set to make a major splash in coming weeks. The new production set on Coney Island, which is set to feature more than a number of major tricks, will undeniably play a major role in its popularity.
But any opera will live and die with its singing actors, and the cast that the Met has put together for this new run is youthful and not necessarily well-known to Met audiences.
So here is a look at those six major stars set to light up Coney Island on the Met stage.
The two sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi, will be performed by Serena Malfi and Amanda Majeski, respectively.
Majeski has 16 performances on the Met stage to her name and all of them have come in Mozart operas. In fact, with her “Così” performances, she will complete her hattrick of Da Ponte operas. She made her debut as the Contessa in “Le Nozze di Figaro” back on opening night of the 2014-15 season. She has sung the role 13 times.
Then in 2016, she appeared in “Don Giovanni” on three separate occasions as Donna Elvira.
Malfi is also completing her Da Ponte package, having already performed “Nozze” and “Don Giovanni” at the Met. She also made her Met debut in 2014 with “Nozze” and has performed the role of Cherubino 11 times at the Met. In “Don Giovanni,” she has taken on the character of Zerlina eight times.
The two young lovers Guglielmo and Ferrando will be interpreted by Adam Plachetka and Ben Bliss, respectively.
Plachetka has 35 performances to his name at the Met in such operas as “Don Giovanni,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and “L’Elisir d’Amore.” His Met debut in 2015 came in “Don Giovanni.”
Bliss has authored 14 Met performances in his career, but unlike the other three mentioned, he has yet to sing any of the Da Ponte operas at the Met. He has experience with Mozart in “Die Zauberflöte” and “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” as well as appearances in “Die Fliegende Holländer.”
Kelly O’Hara is the most heralded member of the cast to date, her fame on Broadway preceding her. She has 10 appearances at the Met to her name, all in the 2015 production “The Merry Widow.”
Meanwhile, Christopher Maltman is the most seasoned of the cast members, having 49 Met performances to his name in a wide range of repertoire. His only Mozart to date is “Die Zauberflöte” however, which he has performed 10 times.