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Bethlehem, Pa., January 20, 2006—Comedy and opera fans alike will delight in the Moravian College Opera Ensemble’s performance of selections from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. The ensemble will perform under the direction of Bronwyn Fix-Keller on Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. in Peter Hall, located at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. All seats are $6.
Although the opera buffa was frequently censored through the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries, it has enjoyed renewed popularity among post-World War II audiences. Movie goers may also appreciate this concert as the incidental music in 2004’s Closer drew heavily from the opera’s score.
Cosi Fan Tutte takes place in eighteenth century Naples. Two military officers, Ferrando (played by Josh Beri ’09 ) and Guglielmo (Brandon Remp ’08 ), brag that their fiancées will be forever faithful. Don Alfonso (Matthew Francisco) challenges their claim, betting the men that he can prove the opposite in just one day. The men accept his wager and pretend to go to war in order to return in disguise and attempt to seduce the other’s fiancée. Their fiancées, sisters Fiordiligi (Lisa Toth ’07 and Rebecca Dries ’07 ) and Dorabella (Joyce Owens ’06 and Katie Pullizano ’08 ), lament the absence of their lovers. Meanwhile, Don Alfonso enlists the help of their maid, Despina (Katie Smith ’07) to help him win the bet. Ferrando and Guglielmo return dressed as Albanians. As expected, chaos ensues.
For more information about the performance, contact the Moravian College Music Department at 610-861-1650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.