Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cosa Sento - Staging Notes


(The Count is behind the chair, Cherubino is sitting on it, Susanna is standing to the right of the chair, Basilio is in the far right of the room, half out the door.)

(Begins with the orchestral tremolo on the dominant chord… the Count reveals himself without a word - Susanna says “O Cielo.” Basilio squeals with delight.)

“Cosa sento? Tosto andate, e scacciate il seduttor.” The Count walks over to Basilio…

“Tosto andate, e scacciate il seduttor.” This time, the Count grips Basilio’s forearm and pulls him fully into the room...

“In mal punto,” Takes a bow while the Count is gripping his arm….

“son qui giunto,” Gets his arm out and makes a still more obsequious bow.

“perdonate, oh mio signor.” At ‘perdonate,’ put his hands in the air as though to mimick Jesus, on ‘oh mio signore’ clasps his hands together as though in prayer, as though to signal Christian forgiveness…

“Che ruina, me meschina, son oppressa dal dolor” Between each exclamation, there’s a huge breath, like a panic attack.

“Tosto andate, e andate” The Count motions towards the door…

“In mal punto, son qui giunto” Basilio bows again, as elaborately as possible...

“e scacciate il seduttor.” This time the Count stomps his foot…

“Perdonate, o mio signor” Basilio says this while staying down in a bow...

“Che ruina, me meschina, son oppressa dal dolor.” Susanna starts swooning closer and closer to the Count and Basilio…

Susanna (sort of) faints on the down beat of “Ah già svien la poverina!” Basilio catches her on her right side and takes her pulse. The Count immediately moves to her left side...

“Come, oh Dio, le batte il cor!” The Count cups her left breast as though to take her heart beat. She first swats his hand away…

“Come, oh Dio, le batte il cor! Come, oh Dio, le batte il cor!” The Count tries to cop a feel again, this time Susanna, with her eyes seemingly closed, elbows him in the stomach. The hit should be right on the last ‘Come’, which comes on an off-beat...

Basilio says “Pian Pianin in questo seggio” they begin to move Susanna to the couch…

“Dove Sono.” followed by high pitched scream on the downbeat right before “Cosa Veggio”, then runs over to the door to say “Che insolenza, andate fuor.” and motions them to leave...

“Siamo qui per…” Basilio and the Count come over to her and seat her on the bed/mattress, both of them standing over her...

“Ah, del paggio quel che ho detto, era solo un mio sospetto.” Bows at the Count with his hands clasped together...

“È un'insidia, una perfidia, non credete all'impostor.” Susanna swings upward and gets Basilio in the face. She keeps hitting him and chasing him backward. The Count moves to restrain her by stepping in between them...

“Parta, parta il damerino!” The Count is in between Basilio and Susanna...

“Poverino” The second time Basilio crosses himself...

Count’s imitation of “Poverino” should be in the most mocking, ugliest possible sound...

“Come, che…” Basilio should look delighted. Susanna should look like she’s dreading this...

Count’s secco recitative. He should step over to right behind the chair the whole time. Susanna should look like she’s dreading this more and more and more with every word. The movement itself is not important, so long as the Count gesticulates rather pompously with his hands and facial expressions. The Count should lift the blanket up as slowly as humanly possible. Then do a comic double take the “Ah” should be more of a gasp, taking in air rather than expectorating it. Cherubino should look completely immobile with a look of equal dread to Susanna. For the rest of the scene, he is equally dreadful, but fidgety...

“Ah, crude stelle!” Susanna’s head should be in her hand, as she’s shaking her head...

“Ah! meglio ancora!” Basilio’s hands should be shaking near his face in sheer delight…

“Onestissima signora! Or capisco come va!” The Count should be pointing at her accusingly, as though saying ‘Now I understand you!’ Moving ever closer and backing her into the far-right corner. During the first repetition, he’s yelling at her.…

“Accader non può di peggio, giusti Dei! Che mai sarà!” Susanna moves back with fear bordering on terror. Susanna stays in this place for the rest of the ensemble and looks appropriately terrified...

“Ah, del paggio quel che ho detto, era solo un mio sospetto.” Basilio says these lines excitedly and puts his arm over Cherubino’s shoulder. Cherubino tries to get away. But the Count blocks him and Cherubino crawls under his legs but Basilio blocks him. The Count then goes up to Susanna and says everything else to and over her...

“Così fan tutte le belle; non c'è alcuna novità!” Basilio says this the first time to Cherubino. Second time to Susanna. Third time to the Count and says it to him. The rest of them out to the audience...

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