-The acclaimed Italian mezzo will be Dorabella in Mozart´s masterpiece

April 2019

After her great success in Carmen in the previous Canary Islands Friends of the Opera (ACO) Alfredo Kraus season, Annalisa Stroppa returns to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria this May to take the role of the delicious Dorabella, one of the lead roles in the opera Così fan tutte, a masterpiece by Mozart from the trilogy that the composer wrote with Lorenzo Da Ponte as librettist. Stroppa, who has previously performed the role at the Teatro Regio in Turin (Italy, 2018), the Vienna Staatsoper (Austria, 2016), Rouen-Normandie Opera (France, 2016) and the Teatro Verdi in Sassari (Italy, 2013), will take on the character “with special excitement”, as this is “one of the most interesting Mozart roles for mezzo-soprano”.

For Stroppa, Dorabella “is a young woman who begins to understand that nobody is completely safe in the game of love.  The opera is a comedy of errors with a vision that, in today’s world, can be seen as male chauvinist.  The plot entails an amusing plot to trick two sisters who are in love into exchanging their fiancés. Dorabella is the first to fall into the trap, perhaps because she is the most ingenuous.  In any case, the music is marvellous and the arias, duets and numerous numbers for ensemble are very engaging.” Exactly a year ago, Annalisa Stroppa gained a huge triumph in Las Palmas as the title role in Bizet´s Carmen. “Dorabella is a completely different character, and I am really pleased that Canary Island opera-goers can see me in this more relaxed and comic vein.  I loved singing there last year and it is an honour to go back.  I am sure the ACO will be very successful again with this fantastic Mozart opera.”

Stroppa will be travelling to the Canary Islands from Munich, where she has been singing the roles of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Adalgisa in Norma.  Her many professional engagements have also taken her recently to Naples (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Berlin (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Padua (La Cenerentola) and Buenos Aires (Norma). After Las Palmas she will continue journeying, this time to the Chóregies de Orange Festival (Don Giovanni), Parma (Nabucco) and Hamburg (La Cenerentola).