UGA Opera Theater will present a comic opera by Mozart

Opera song

Join the Hugh Hodgson UGA Opera Theater School of Music because it presents Mozart’s comic opera “Così fan tutte”. The semi-organized concert will take place at Hodgson Hall on February 20 at 3 p.m. and February 21 at 7:30 p.m.

More than 200 years ago, the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838) fruitfully collaborated on three operas. The final collaboration was based on an original story by Da Ponte, “Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (All women are like that, or The school of lovers)”, which premiered in Vienna in 1790. This opera had only five performances before the death of Emperor Joseph II caused theaters to close for a period of mourning.

Despite its place in the standard repertoire, “Così fan tutte” has often been criticized for its cruelty and cynicism. The public, especially of the past, objected to the immoral aspects of seduction and betrayal. In their comic interpretation of the classic motif of the test of loyalty, Mozart and Da Ponte playfully poke fun at the romantic sentimentality of opera seria and the newly discovered phenomenon of mesmerism. While the opera begins with the men dressing up to test their wives, they end up testing themselves. By using deception, they all end up being deceived and confused.

The music, the subtle ironies, the charming characters, and the ambiguity of the ending – since neither Mozart nor Da Ponte has clarified whether the original couples stayed together or reunited – are some of the reasons for the continued popularity of the film. ‘opera.

The UGA Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Cedel, will perform under the direction of guest conductor Maestro Hilary Griffiths. Directing, staging and vocal coaching for the UGA Opera Theater is provided by Frederick Burchinal, Daniel Ellis and Kathryn Wright. The opera will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 with UGA ID. The stream will also be available online at music.uga.edu/live-streaming.