Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte opens at Garsington Opera at Wormsley on Friday 5th June 2015 and I have been loving every minute of playing the role of Dorabella! Rehearsals began at 3 Mills in April and it has been a pleasure working with this great team under the direction of John Fulljames and conductor Dougie Boyd.
We then arrived at the beautiful Wormsley estate on May 23rd – It was so exciting to wear the costumes for the first time and to see the set!
“The great thing about putting on an opera at Garsington is the location – a performance that takes place over a summer’s evening in beautiful countryside with a picnic at its centre – a game of two halves, with a feast in the middle.
We wanted to make our Così fan tutte fit effortlessly into its surroundings. And so we imagined the story unfolding at a wedding reception on a summer’s evening, just after the meal. Who could possibly in this moment think these lovers to be anything other than matched for life…? Well, Don Alfonso, the old cynic, who has seen more weddings (and more divorces) than anyone else present, finds the whole thing laughable – women, he says, are incapable of fidelity. A subject that makes Ferrando and Guglielmo, two dashing young soldiers, leap to the defence of their fiancées – they could never be unfaithful…
It is a Così fan tutte created for its location, with a bride who is a massive fan of Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette film…”
Dick Bird – designer
The wig took a bit of getting used to as it is so tall… on the first day I managed to get it stuck on a branch during the lunch break while wandering round the grounds – thankfully Andreea was there to rescue me!!
We met the fantastic Garsington Opera Orchestra for the first time at the Warehouse Waterloo on May 27th and from then we have been on stage at Wormsley and it is great fun, gorgeous Mozart! The production will run until July 11th 2015 – if you have managed to get a ticket I hope you enjoy the evening (and picnic!) as much as I will!!