Set in 18th century Naples, the opera opens with Don Alfonso's wager with Ferrando and Guglielmo. He wagers that the two girls, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are no more trustworthy in matters of love than any other women. In their garden the girls sing of their love, interrupted by Don Alfonso, who tells them that their lovers are to be called away to the war. The couples part, faithfulness now pledged again. Despina,the maid, is bribed by Don Alfonso. She urges the girls to find other lovers, but they declare their constancy. Guglielmo and Ferrando return, disguised as Albanians, but the girls remain firm. When the men pretend to take poison, necessitating the attentions of Despina disguised as a doctor and using the magnetic techniques of Mozart's friend Dr Mesmer to effect a cure, they seem to waver.
In the second act, the girls agree to Despina's suggestion of harmless flirtation, each unwittingly choosing the other's partner. The success of the two Albanians, in spite of Fiordiligi's more prolonged resistance, leads to a quick wedding, with Despina now disguised as the notary. The men now appear as themselves and pretend shock and horror at what is afoot, before revealing their plot. All ends happily, as Don Alfonso urges the power of reason in these circumstances.
HEIDI ADAIR, Soprano (Fiordiligi) is a vibrant and versatile performer, with an incredible range. Her years of stage experience and ringing vocal technique light up the stage. Based in Austria, she has traveled extensively, singing for American, Austrian, British, French, German, Italian, and Swiss audiences. Beginning her career with roles such as Cherubino, Stephano, and Frasquita in California and Utah, Ms Adair has found her fach with Elettra, Konstanze, and the Queen of the Night, as well as Donizetti heroines such as Lucia and Norina, although she still plays a saucy Musetta. In Utah, while covering the Queen of the Night, she brought life to the role of the First Lady in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte." She has sung in operas and concerts across Europe and the US, having made her UK debut covering Lucia in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Ms Adair returns to Oper im Park this August to delight the audience as Fiordiligi in Mozart's “Cosi fan tutte.” She will premier a role in a new opera in New York in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Vocal Performance) and a Master of Music degree from the University of Utah, and currently studies with Cornelia Prestel of Salzburg. www.HeidiAdair.com
SUSAN BROWNFIELD, Soprano (Despina) Returning to St. Anton, Ms. Brownfield now takes on the exciting and mischievous role of Despina in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte.” Ms. Brownfield is an Honors Graduate of the University of Oregon School of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music. She completed her Master's Degree at Boston's New England Conservatory. Ms. Brownfield, a district winner in the 2001 Metropolitan Opera Competition, later portrayed the role of Mimi in Puccini's "La Boheme" with Harvard Lowell Opera. She spent two seasons with Utah Festival Opera where she performed the role of Liat in Rodger's and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" and Isabelle/Madeline in Mollicone's "Face on the Barroom Floor." Ms. Brownfield was also heard in the role of Rose in Maine Grand Opera's production of "Street Scene." Recently, she was invited as a guest artist with the American-Bulgarian Music Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was then asked to return for two subsequent seasons. During her seasons with the festival, she performed the European premiere of songs by Amy Beach, Stefania DeKenessey and various Bulgarian composers. Also, in cooperation with the United States Library of Congress and the Florestan Recital Project, Ms. Brownfield sang the European premiere of Samuel Barber's unpublished songs.
MICHAEL CHIPMAN, Baritone (Guglielmo) is an assistant professor of voice and head of the vocal performance program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has performed twice as a soloist at New York's Carnegie Hall and has sung with opera companies and orchestras across the United States and abroad. This summer he is thrilled to sing the role of Guglielmo in Mozart's opera "Cosi fan tutte" in St. Anton, Austria. He is the co-author of "The Naked Voice", a book on vocal technique published by Oxford University Press in 2007. He holds a masters degree in voice from the University of Utah and an Artist Diploma in vocal performance from Oberlin College Conservatory.
STEPHANIE ELLIS (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from the University of Utah. She is the resident Assistant Stage Manager at a Utah theatre company. Recent productions include: The Music Man and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Pioneer Theatre Company), Macbeth (Utah Shakespeare Festival), In the Next Room (Babcock Theatre), The Vengeance Project and War is F**king Awesome (Sundance Theatre Institute), Florencia (Utah Opera). She would like to thank her wonderful, supporting parents for always supporting her dreams.
ELIZABETH MITCHELL, Mezzo-Soprano, (Dorabella) is a versatile performer whose repertoire ranges from opera to cabaret to art song. Professionally, she has performed throughout the United States with Ohio Light Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, Friends of the Opera of Michigan, Comic Opera Guild, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, and the Primo Passo Ensemble. Elizabeth was thrilled to make her International debut in 2014 with Oper Im Park in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria as the Knusperhexe and Gertrud (Mother) in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. She is delighted to be returning this August to sing Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte. Favorite past roles include Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, Mercedes in Carmen, Marie in The Most Happy Fella, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, and Mistress Page in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. She can also be heard as Mrs. VanDare on Ohio Light Opera’s recording of The Firefly (Albany Records). Ms. Mitchell received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and her Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan, both in Vocal Performance and with scholarship. Awards include Utah District Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera Competition, an international finalist at the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers, and a semi-finalist at the International Czech and Slovak Competition. To learn more, visit www.bethsings.com.
KENNETH PLAIN (Music) Kenneth Plain has worked professionally as a music director, pianist, composer, arranger and coach for over 20 years. In 1991, he earned a B.Mus. in Vocal Education from the University of Utah. From 1996-1998, he did graduate studies in conducting at Brigham Young University. Regional theaters for which he has worked include: Sundance Summer Theatre, Sundance Institute Lab, Powerhouse, Theatre East and Pioneer Theatre Company. Credits include: Les Miserables, It Happened One Night and Spellbound (starring Sally Field), Into The Woods, Company, The Golden Apple, West Side Story and the world premiere production of Jones & Schmidt’s, Mirette. Performing as a conductor and pianist has given Ken the opportunity to work with Gregory Hines, Carole King, Kristen Chenoweth, Sally Field, Michael Cerveris and The Utah Symphony. In 2002, he was the Live Sites and Venues musical director/arranger for the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games.
DAVID SCHMIDT (Director) worked on his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Utah after receiving a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. David is the Head of Vocal Studies for the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah, USA. Some of David's Opera and Operetta directing credits include “Die Zauberflöte,” “Pirates of Penzance” and “The Gondoliers” for Utah Light Opera, as well as “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” and “Don Pasquale” for Oper Im Park, where he returns this summer to direct “Hänsel und Gretel.” David has also directed Le Miserable, The Wild Party and Songs for a New World, and music directed Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Rocky Horror Show for the Department of Theatre. David is the co-founder and past Board President of the Salt Lake High School for the Performing Arts, Salt Lake City’s first high school for talented performing artists. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Utah Light Opera Company.
VALERIAN RUMINSKI , Bass (Don Alfonso) Valerian Ruminski is from Buffalo NY and is the General Director of Nickel City Opera in Buffalo. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Carmen in 2001. Mr. Ruminski has sung for NYC Opera, Dallas Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera de Montreal, Vancouver Opera, Ottawa Lyra Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, Opera de Monte Carlo, Opera Ireland and many more. He can be heard on the Naxos, New World Record and Deutsche Grammophone labels. Upcoming performances include: Cosi Fan Tutte/Don Alfonso- St. Anton, Austria- August 2015, Lakme'/Nilakantha-Calgary Opera-Nov 2015, Otello/Lodovico- Opera de Montreal- Feb 2016, Shot!/Pres. McKinley-Nickel City Opera- June 2016. www.valerianruminskibass.com
MACIEJ UFNIAK, Tenor (Ferrando) Mr Ufniak was awarded a scholarship "Keymiung Chopin 2012", and was the winner of national and international competitions: 1st prize at the International Competition "in the Slavic music circle" of 2012, "Golden Nightingale" to "Belcanto Festival" Nałęczów 2011, II 'Competition "Golden Voices" Warsaw 2011. He also won the special prize in the seventh Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition for the best Polish tenor 2010. He honed his skills under renowned vocal Champions such as: Sheila Barnes, Fiorenza Cosotto, Gioacchino Gitto, Giorgio Beruggi, Charles Kellis (New York), Richard Karczykowski, Teresa Zylis -Gara, Ingrid Kremling. In 2014 he made his debut as Tamino in Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" by WA Mozart in Weimar. In the artist's oeuvre includes such roles as Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Lysander (Midsummer Night's Dream), and in 2015 will be Gaston in the opera La Traviata in New York. At the moment he is under the care of the vocal world-famous tenor Giorgio Berrugi.