Così fan tutte: AVA Opera Theater

Production photo from Così fan tutte: AVA Opera Theater

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
Conductor: Cristofer Macatsoris

After a wonderful AVA directorial debut last season with L’elisir d’amore, Chuck Hudson returns to direct Così. AVA Opera Theater

Vibrant singing, acting lift Academy of Vocal Arts’ `Cosi Fan Tutte’: the comedy… unfolds at a fast pace in Hudson’s physical staging. The director demands vivid acting, and the cast provides it… (The singers) both seize – and savor – the opportunities Hudson gives them for physical comedy. Robert Baxter, Philadelphia Courier-Post

When played straight (as at AVA), the opera’s laughs take care of themselves and let the piece sting you from behind…AVA’s most distinctive touch had Despina (the maid) and Don Alfonso (the prank’s cynical instigator) as being secretly married – the most outward symptom of a production with the opera’s deeper values at heart: By making the servant married to a man above her social station, Despina’s frustrations with class distinction were better motivated. David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

The AVA production came two days later as balm to my ears and to my theatrical preconceptions also…I found it to be a perfectly enchanting evening in the theater…Chuck Hudson’s direction showed a delightfully light yet dramatically insightful touch, and the soloists’ stage presence backed his inspirations up splendidly. Bernard Jacobson, Music Web UK