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VIRGINIA OPERA BRINGS MOZART’S “COSÌ FAN TUTTE” TO GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

November 4, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

VIRGINIA OPERA

MOZART’S “COSÌ FAN TUTTE”

Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at 2 p.m.

  

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 20, 2010 Così Fan Tutte” literally translates to “women are like that.” The Virginia Opera brings this delightful and witty comic opera to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with performances on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

 When two handsome soldiers claim that their fiancées will be forever faithful, an old philosopher joins the discussion and bets the two officers that he can prove in a day's time that these two women are fickle, just like all women. The wager is accepted and the two soldiers pretend to be called off to war; soon thereafter they return in disguise and attempt to seduce each other's lovely wife-to-be. The game, light-hearted at first, gets complicated when hearts are torn and emotions conflicted. Will love and trust be restored so there is a “happy” ending with the original couples? Or will we be left to wonder: is there any such thing as “true love”?

Starring in the role of Fiordiligi is soprano Jan Cornelius, a former Spectrum resident artist who was recently named a 2009 semifinalist in the Monserrat Caballé International Vocal Competition in Zaragozo, Spain. Mezzo-soprano Katherine Tier is making her Virginia Opera debut as Dorabella. She was chosen to represent her native Australia in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition (2009) and she has performed all over the world. Tenor David Portillo is singing the role of Ferrando. He is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Regional finalist, and a recipient of the 2009 Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award, among other accolades. Timothy Kuhn is singing the role of Gugliemo. With a bold presence and elegant, secure singing, Kuhn has established himself as a leading interpreter of the Mozart, Britten, Donizetti and Puccini repertoire. The role of Don Alfonso is being sung by bass Todd Robinson. Robinson, last seen this past season at Virginia Opera as Sergeant Sulpice in “The Daughter and the Regiment,” makes his fifth stage appearance at Virginia Opera. The role of Despina is being sung by soprano Camille Zamora who is also a champion of the zarzuela (Spanish opera) genre. Zamora balances a vibrant career of opera, recital and concert performances.

Virginia Opera’s Associate Conductor Joseph Walsh is the conductor for this production. Walsh conducted last season’s Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” in 2009 and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” last February, receiving widespread critical acclaim and audience praise. “‘Così Fan Tutte’ is a serious delight for audiences of all ages,” Walsh said. Director Lillian Groag says, I have always maintained that a cynic is a romantic sulking, my question remains, is there not a bruised romantic core to this opera, a profound sadness about the unstable nature of erotic love and the vicissitudes of change?  “‘Così Fan Tutte’ is, for me, the funniest and the most melancholy of all of Mozart operas,” Director Lillian Groag says.

Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” will be preformed in Italian with English Supertitles. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra accompanies the production. Images from Virginia Opera’s production of “Così Fan Tutte” will be available online at www.vaopera.orgpress. The Virginia Opera may also be found on the web, at vaopera.org, on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/VaOpera and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VaOpera.

  

Tickets for VIRGINIA OPERA’S production of MOZART’S “COSÌ FAN TUTTE” are Friday: $86, $72, $44 and Sunday: $98, $80, $48. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

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