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The Curious Women

Music by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Libretto by Luigi Sugana, from the original by Carlo Goldoni
Premiered at the Residenztheater in Munich on November 27, 1903
Premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in on January 3, 1912

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow
Director Pat Diamond
Scenic Design Erhard Rom
Costume Design Camille Assaf
Lighting Design Robert H. Grimes

The men have formed a club. Women are forbidden, and talk of what goes on inside is prohibited. What goes on in there? The ladies are curious, and they’ll do whatever it takes to find out.

In this production, updated to the mid-1960s, director Pat Diamond plays with and debunks gender stereotypes. If sets and costumes match to a tee, with pink flowers for the women's world and grey geometrics for the men's world, there is more than meet the eye.

Photo credit: Kim Witman