Washington National Opera Announces Cast Change for 2022 ‘Così fan tutte’

By David Salazar
(Credit: Igor Saharov)

The Washington National Opera has announced a cast change for its 2022 production of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.”

The organization revealed that Ferruccio Furlanetto will perform the role of Don Alfonso, taking over for Eric Owens, who was released by the company so that he could perform as Philippe II in the Met Opera’s first-ever production of the French version of Verdi’s “Don Carlo.” Owens performed Filippo II in the Washington National Opera’s 2018 production of “Don Carlo.”

“WNO is pleased to have come to an agreement with The Met so that Eric can make this important Met role debut, following his critically-acclaimed performance at WNO in 2018,” said Artistic Director Francesca Zambello in a press release.

This will mark Furlanetto’s Washington National Opera debut. He will join a cast that features Ana María Martinez, in her role debut as Despina; Rihab Chaieb and Laura Wilde, both in their Washington National Opera debuts; as well as Kang Wang and Andrey Zhilikhovsky.

“And we are thrilled to welcome Ferruccio to WNO for the first time. This entire cast is one for the ages – we are excited to bring Mozart’s great ‘rom-com’ to our audience with such extraordinary artists,” Zambello concluded.

The opera, which will be conducted by Erina Yashima, will take place between March 12-16, 2022.