Così fan tutte: Mozart's Comedy From Pacific Opera Project
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A dazzling who's who of Hollywood and Broadway talent will come together for this special benefit concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to help raise money to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following November's devastating typhoon. Performers donating their time and remarkable talents include Lea Thompson (Cabaret, NBC's Caroline in the City), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Sam Harris (The Producers), Nicole Parker (Wicked), Gwen Stewart (Rent), Valerie Perri (Evita, Gypsy) and many more. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild. Please see the full event description for a complete list of scheduled performers. Learn More
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- "This production is fun, light, and wonderful all the way through. The performers are all pitch perfect, and their comedic skills are tops. By tweaking the translations just a bit, it is amazing how well the Mozart piece embeds itself into the Civil War southern culture." --LA Splash
- " Shaw’s hilarious interpretation, coupled with his cast’s evident talent for comedy, makes Cosi Fan Tutte a laugh-out-loud show that is as cathartic as it is entertaining. Add to that Mozart’s lyrical melodies and the cast’s skilled operatic voices and you have a recipe for phenomenal success." --StageandCinema.com
Pacific Opera Project (POP) sheds the limelight on Così fan tutte: 18th-century Naples collides with Tara at the start of the Civil War, for this cinematically-inspired theatrical update. Imagine Scarlett O’Hara singing “Come scoglio”, loosely translated as “Great balls of fire. Don’t bother me anymore and don’t call me sugar.” Fiordiligi and her sister Dorabella yearn for the unavailable Ashley Wilkses of the world while rejecting the available suitors who line the streets of their town. With aloof and haughty attitude, they swear to be true to their lovers, the Confederate soldiers Gulgielmo and Ferrando, even as General Lee calls them up, offering no guarantee of their return. But with two hours of shameless flirtation underway, the ladies’ steadfast fidelity falls by the wayside as the two sisters fall for each other’s fiancés in disguise — as Yankees!
Alfonso, a confirmed bachelor and cynic (and friend to the two young men) has fun at the ladies’ expense, ably assisted by their own maid who is looking to line her pockets, and thinks her mistresses are sorry excuses for women anyway. In the end, the drama is revealed, and the lovers begin the hard work of reconstruction. “Women are like that”, the opera’s title is often rendered — as with most Italian expressions, something is lost in translation. These ladies are lovable for their foibles, and their enraged fiancés may yet find a place in their hearts for the poor dears. Come and see how it shakes out!
Blue and Grey casts will perform on alternating nights. Daria Somers (previously seen as Elvira in POP’s 2011 acclaimed Don Giovanni; also Los Angeles Opera Outreach and Montana Lyric Opera) and Katharine Giaquinto (Wolf Trap Opera and Los Angeles Opera Outreach) share the role of Fiordiligi; her sister Dorabella is sung by Elizabeth Rigby Jones (Second City Training Center) and Kristen Choi (West Bay Opera, YMF Debut Orchestra). Jessica Mamey (from POP’s Trouble in Tahiti last summer and this spring) and Hallie Silverston (Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera) both sing the role of the maid, Despina. Her partner in crime, Don Alfonso is sung by POP veteran Luvi Avendano (Opera in the Ozarks) and LA notable Eric Castro (Nevada Opera Theatre, Redlands Bowl Orchestra). The sisters’ lovers are sung by Kyle Patterson and Perry Davis Harper (Opera in the Ozarks) as Ferrando; and Michael Blinco (San Diego Opera) and Jeffrey Goble (Opera Theater St. Louis, Music Academy of the West) as Guglielmo. Several of these artists make their West Coast debuts in this production, along with the best in Southern California’s homegrown talent.
Mozart and da Ponte’s third and final collaboration, Così fan tutte, is a delightful comedy in two acts. Run time is under three hours with intermission. Content is appropriate for all ages.
Accompanied by chamber orchestra and harpsichord continuo, the opera is sung in the original Italian with projected English supertitles.