Seattle Opera · Seattle · May 1992

This show was designed usinng the budget that was available originally to revive an old production, so it was a very simple but effective solution and though directed in just two weeks was a success for all involved.

Production Team
Set: Robert A. Dahlstrom
Costumes: Anthony Baker
Lighting: Joan Sullivan
Conductor: Maximiano Valdez / Philip A. Kelsey

Casts included
Vinson Cole, Jan Opalach, Richard Stilwell, Sheri Greenawald/Maria Fortuna, Stella Zambalis/Rebecca Russell, Hei-Kyung Hong, Stephen Terrell

"In his Seattle Opera debut, Negrin invested enormous energy in a myriad of details. Every moment is accounted for; no gesture is too small. His considerable thought about these six characters is constantly revealed... The production, brand-new and brilliantly theatrical, carefully attends Mozart's sublime music and Da Ponte's pungent libretto. It goes to the heart of passionate love - its attractive power, edgy danger and unpredictability."

R.M. Campbell
Seattle Post Intelligencer
May 1992

Mozart's comic Masterpiece, Cosi Fan Tutte, has rarely enjoyed a production so freshly original as Seattle Opera's final offering of the current season. Replacing tired tradition with illuminating insight, Wednesday's performance at the Opera House captivated intellect and emotions in equal measure. Negrin's vision of Cosi is of an almost baroque theatre entertainment. He makes a virtue of artifice and allows us to see the bare bones and gristle of the drama. Our disbelief is completely and willingly suspended and we delight in the view. Throughout the opera there was not a cliché to be found... Negrin's purposeful use of space was dazzling and created a visual counterpoint to match that in the music.

Cary Smith
Journal American
May 1992