Saturday at noon
Susanna Phillips comes naturally by that Alabama drawl—and sounds awfully coquettish to the Yankees among us. And then there’s Isabel Leonard, who served up quite the sassy and saucy Rosina in Lyric Opera’s The Barber of Seville earlier this year.
The Met’s production of Così fan tutte seems to have stacked the deck by casting those two (singing in Italian) as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. After all Così fan tutte roughly translated means: women are like that. Of course, in the opera, the men are too. They flirt. They stray. The scheming, faithless males are sung by Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov. Danielle de Niese eggs them on as Despina.
Both Matthew Polenzani and Susanna Phillips are regulars in Chicago, both trained at the Ryan Opera Center. Hear this naughty quartet in Saturday’s broadcast of Così fan tutte with the Metropolitan Opera, James Levine conducting, Saturday at 12:00 pm.