Pittsburgh Opera to Present Socially Distanced ‘Così fan tutte’

By Francisco Salazar

The Pittsburgh Opera is set to present a live, in-person production of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.”

The company will open its doors on Oct. 17 for a six-performance run of Mozart and Da Ponte’s gem with a small, live, socially-distant audience at its headquarters at 2425 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

The company announced that in response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Pittsburgh Opera has made several modifications to the production, the rehearsal process, building and audience protocols in order to produce the work.

Seating capacity has been drastically reduced to no more than 52. Singers will all wear masks during the performances, including while singing. Stage Director Crystal Manich will set the production during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic when universal mask-wearing applied.

Additionally, the program will be compressed into 90 minutes, with no intermission, and the orchestra will be reduced to 17 players. The cast will also be comprised solely of Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists, who quarantined for 14 days upon arriving in Pittsburgh.

Finally,  all audience members will undergo health screenings on arrival and will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the building.

The Friday, Oct. 23 performance will be live-streamed free of charge on both Pittsburgh Opera’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

“Così fan tutte” will star Jeremy Harr, Madeline Ehlinger, Maire Carmack, Yazid Gray, Angel Romero, and Veronique Filloux.