Cosi fan tutte at Tacoma Opera

30 Oct

Who: Tacoma Opera in collaboration with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
What: Cosi fan tutte
Where: Rialto Theater
When: November 2 at 8 pm & November 4 at 2 pm
Tickets: $25 – $66.  Visit the Tacoma Opera website for ticket information

Tacoma Opera opens their 2012-2013 Season with Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.Unquestionably Mozart’s most intimate and personal opera, Cosi fan tutte is a domestic comedy about real people dealing with a very unusual situation. Two lovely, but naïve young women are tricked and manipulated by their lovers into switching partners; however, the women somehow maintain their innocence and dignity in spite of the men’s outrageous shenanigans. Mozart’s musical genius shines through and permeates this opera with a sunny cheerfulness that is bound to make you beam. 

Tacoma Opera’s General Director, Noel Koran, remarked “I want to start my first full season as General Director of Tacoma Opera with an opera that is light and celebratory. In Cosi fan tutte, we have an opera that is not only light and celebratory, but also personal and intimate, which is exactly the kind of production that Tacoma Opera is known for.”

With this production Noel Koran will be making his stage directing debut for the company. The assembled cast includes several Pacific Northwest residents, including Kenmore, Washington native, soprano Abigail Mitchell who will be singing the role of Fiordiligi, and soprano Jenny Shotwell, who returns to Tacoma Opera this year as Despina. Mezzo-soprano Caitlin Mathes will debut with the company in the role of Dorabella. Completing the cast is bass baritone Rubin Casas as Don Alfonso, the cynic who sets the whole story in motion; tenor Jorge Garza as Ferrando and baritone Jose Rubio as Guglielmo, the two lovers of Fiordiligi and Dorabella.

Leading the production musically, will be Maestro Keith Clark, who is making his Tacoma Opera debut. Maestro Clark, the Artistic Director of the Astoria Music Festival, has recorded extensively.  He currently divides his time between Southern California, Austria and Oregon where he also founded the Portland Annual SummerFest Opera. In a first for Tacoma Opera, Maestro Clark will be leading the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in this long-awaited collaboration between these two premiere regional performing arts organizations.

“We are  thrilled and excited to partner with the excellent Tacoma Opera,” said Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director, Andrew Buelow. “It will give the public an opportunity to see us both in a new light. We hope to pique people’s interest: to make the TSO’s audience curious to check out Tacoma Opera and vice versa.  We don’t compete with each other, we complement each other.”

Cosi fan tutte will be sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage. There will be a  free lecture about the opera given by Dr. Norman Heimgartner an hour before each performance.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Tacoma Opera and Tacoma Symphony Orchestra through the Arts Anchor Fund program.

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