Così fan tutte
Kentucky Opera

Photo: Jennifer Rivera as Dorabella

David Gately appreciates the keen periphery that keeps "Cosi fan tutte" from being exclusively farce.....He takes da Ponte pretty much at the librettist's word, tweaking key moments to emphasize a certain conceit, or to articulate transitions that might become awkward.

Da Ponte gets to the point quickly and so does Gately - as the curtain rises on Guglielmo and Ferrando declaring the fidelity of their respective lovers, the comic momentum is immediately established. The entire production has a crisp, vigorous quality that encourages us to home in on each intriguing comic layer.

Gately delights in physical comic commentary and (the cast) take(s) everything he throws at them.

— Louisville Courier-Journal

Così fan tutte
Florida Grand Opera (2007)

Florida Grand Opera’s season opening production of Mozart’s autumnal comedy Cosi Fan Tutte is an unmitigated delight. With a stylish production, exceptionally well balanced cast, and incisive musical direction, this frothy Mozartean souflee is one of FGO’s best offerings in recent seasons.

Director David Gately has created an inventive, witty production that moves along briskly, underscoring key dramatic moments while keeping the mood light and airy.

— Lawrence Budman — Classical Music Reviews