Featured Artists in Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte'

Ana Maria Martinez as Fiordiligi in Salzburg

hide captionSoprano Ana Martinez plays Fiordiligi in the Salzburg Festival production of Cosi fan tutte.

Photo: Bernd Uhlig
Mezzo-Soprano Sophie Koch

hide captionSophie Koch's appearances in Mozart operas include performances at Londen's Covent Garden, Berlin's historic Deutsche Oper and the Metropolitan in New York.

Tenor Shawn Mathey

hide captionShawn Mathey has become well-known for his many Mozart roles, including Ferrando in Cosi.

Baritone Stephane Degout

hide captionStephane Degout has also performed in Cosi fan tutte at at Belgium's Theatre Royal de la Monnaie.

Complete Cast of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte from Salzburg:

Ana Maria Martinez (Fiordiligi); Sophie Koch (Dorabella); Shawn Mathey (Ferrando); Stephane Degout (Guglielmo); Sir Thomas Allen (Don Alfonso); Helen Donath (Despina)

Vienna Philharmonic

Vienna State Opera Chorus

Manfred Honeck, conductor

Ana Maria Martinez, Sophie Koch, Shawn Mathey and Stephane Degout star as two pairs of anguished young lovers, in the Salzburg Festival's production of Mozart's Cosi.

ANA MARIA MARTINEZ

soprano (Fiordiligi)

Puerto Rican soprano Ana Maria Martinez has won prizes including the Pepita Embil Award, the Placido Domingo International Voice Competition, and first prize at the Eleanor McCollum Awards, and she has performed in leading roles at major opera companies around the world.

Martinez has appeared as Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni at Covent Garden, Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme at the Vienna State Opera, and Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata at both Covent Garden and the Houston Grand Opera. Her other appearances in Houston include Adina in Donizetti's Elixir of Love as well as Juliet in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet. Among her 2006-2007 engagements are new productions of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra and Luisa Miller at the Paris Opera.

Martinez has also made numerous recordings, including the Latin Grammy-winning recording of Albeniz's Merlin, with Placido Domingo, and the DVD release Spanish Nights with Domingo, violnist Sarah Chang and the Berlin Philharmonic.

SOPHIE KOCH

Mezzo-Soprano (Dorabella)

Born in France, Sophie Koch made her international debut at London's Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Since then she has appeared regularly across Europe in theaters including Munich's Bavarian State Opera, the German Opera in Berlin, Madrid's Teatro Real, the Vienna State Opera, and La Scala in Milan.

Following her performance as Dorabella in the Salzburg Festival's Cosi fan tutte, her scheduled appearances include Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo in Berlin, Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Covent Garden, and Nicklaus in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman at the Metropolitan Opera.

SHAWN MATHEY

Tenor (Ferrando)

Shawn Mathey has performed at leading opera houses and music festivals around the world, including the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, London's Royal Opera, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Frankfurt Opera.

Mr. Mathey is a respected interpreter of Mozart. He appeared in Così fan Tutte and as Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Palais Garnier in Paris, and as Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio in Frankfurt.

In the United States, Mathey has performed the role of Ruggero in Puccini's La Rondine in Boston, Belmonte with Opera Pacific, the Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Houston Grand Opera, and Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

STEPHANE DEGOUT

Baritone (Guglielmo)

French baritone Stephane Degout was graduated from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon and then became a member of Lyon's highly-regarded Atelier Lyrique.

He gained international attention with his debut as Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Since then, he has appeared at the Paris Opera in Puccini's La Boheme and Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, at Belgium's Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Cosi fan Tutte and at the Metropolitan Opera in Goundo's Romeo and Juliette.

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