The Catholic University of America

March 9, 2006

Catholic University to Present Mozart Opera "Così Fan Tutte"

Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Così Fan Tutte" March 16 through 19 at Hartke Theatre as part of this year's celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birthday.

The CUA production of "Così Fan Tutte" ("They're All Like That") - Mozart's tale of love and fickleness - coincides with the 250th anniversary of his birthday on Jan. 27, 1756. Cindy C. Oxberry is directing the production; Kate Tamarkin is conducting.

"Così Fan Tutte," the last of the composer's comic operas, had its 1790 premiere in Vienna, Austria. The CUA production, which is set at the turn of the 20th century, is based on an updated English translation of Lorenzo da Ponte's libretto. The opera is the tale of two gentlemen, Ferrando and Guglielmo, who make a bet about the power of love with their mentor - the older, cynical Don Alfonso.

Don Alfonso proposes that if the gentlemen give him 24 hours, and do everything he asks, he will prove that their fiancees, sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi, are like all other women - fickle. The young men agree, disguising themselves as foreigners who woo the sisters and win their affections.

Despite the chaos that ensues, the opera ends happily, and Mozart shows that lovers' true happiness lies not in romantic illusion but in accepting things as they are.

Appearing in the CUA production at alternating performances are: Bridgid Eversole and Keesun Kwon, who share the role of Fiordiligi; Melissa Kornacki and Charmaine Sims-McGilvary as Dorabella; M. Bryan Lilley and Patrick Davey as Guglielmo; Robert Legge and Eric Gramateges as Ferrando; Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Piraino as Despina; and Paul Zolandz and Zak Nelson as Don Alfonso.

Eversole and Sims-McGilvary, both CUA graduate students in vocal performance, earned very favorable reviews in The Washington Post for their roles in last month's production of "The Furies" at CUA.

Oxberry directed The Washington Savoyards November 2005 production of "The Mikado" at the Duke Ellington Theatre in Northwest D.C., working with music director N. Thomas Pedersen, who is co-chair of CUA's musical theatre program.

Performances of "Così Fan Tutte" are at 7:30 p.m. March 16, March 17 and March 18, and at 2 p.m. March 19. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students, staff and seniors are $10. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

MEDIA: To review the play, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu