What: Madmen meets the The Dick Van Dyke Show in Opera in the Heights’ (Oh!) latest production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte set in a penthouse high atop New York City. This take on the opera depicts the story of two sisters, Fiorgiligi and Dorabella, modern single women in the late 1950s, who are pursued by two traveling salesmen with ardent intentions,” said David Ward, Stage Director.
“Little do they realize that these men are their boyfriends in disguise. Egged on by the cynical Don Alfonso, Guglielmo and Ferrando are competing to see which sister is more faithful. Despina the maid aids in their madcap pursuit,” said Ward.
“Così is a musical treasure, unquestionably one of Mozart’s most beautiful scores, packed with some of the most lush and intricate arias and ensembles he gave us. Così is a bit of a funny entity, in that this unabashedly silly plot is somehow ennobled by this magnificently sophisticated music,” said Eiki Isomura, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.
Visit www.operaintheheights.org/cosi/ for a list of cast members and post-performance events.
Ticket prices begin at $40 with discounts for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.operaintheheights.org or by phone at 713-861-5303.
Who: Composed by Mozart, Stage Direction by David Ward, whose credits include Moores School of Music, Opera in the Ozarks and Crane Opera Ensemble, SUNY Potsdam. Conducted by Eiki Isomura, Principal Conductor at Opera in the Heights.
When: Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lambert Hall, 1701 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Why: “The libretto is duly criticized for its unfair portrayal of women (the title translates to the effect of “All women are like that,”), and this production will not shy away from the aspects that have not aged well. Our 1950s setting is intended to highlight the parallels of 18th century attitudes with those of the modern era,” said Isomura.
About Opera in the Heights
Opera in the Heights is a professional opera company that exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and bring affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English translations projected above the stage.
Photo Credit: Pin Lim