Opera Theatre to present ‘Cosi fan tutte’

June 4, 2014

cosi2The Bryan Opera Theatre will present Mozart’s comic opera “Cosi fan tutte (Women are Like That)” Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23.

Students Mariana Sterne, Natalie Hughes, and Garrett Hill, from left, rehearse with Director Kimberly Keck. Assistant Professor of Music Kimberly Keck, who will direct the performance, said the opera, which will be sung in English, “is a wonderful comic tale that has become part of the standard repertoire. For our students, it’s a nice change from the much darker “Street Scene” that we did last year.”

In addition to providing entertainment for the audience, the opera has an underlying educational goal. “The purpose for doing opera at the collegiate level is to give students experience in singing with good technique, moving on stage, and interacting with others in the cast,” Mrs. Keck said.

“Cosi fan tutte” tells the story of two soldiers, engaged to sisters, who are challenged to see whether their sweethearts will remain faithful to them. An older but unmarried man, aided by the sisters’ maid, sets events in motion and provides counsel until matters are resolved.

Principal roles will be sung by students Kelly Findley as Don Alfonso, the old man; Garrett Hill and Randy Bright as Ferrando and Guglielmo, the soldiers; Natalie Hughes and Mariana Sterne as sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; and Katherine Warren as Despina, the maid. A 14-member chorus will support the principal cast, with accompaniment provided by an orchestra.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 23 in Rudd Auditorium on the Bryan campus.