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January 13, 2011/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Liz Wooley, wooleyl@uncsa.edu/336-734-2924

 

A.J. FLETCHER OPERA INSTITUTE WILL “MAKE OPERA NOT WAR” IN 1960s RETELLING OF MOZART’S COSÌ FAN TUTTE


WINSTON-SALEM – A classic tale of relationships and infidelity gets a 1960s face lift in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute’s production of Così fan tutte. Mozart’s comic opera will be presented January 26, 28 and 30 at the Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).

With music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte tells the story of two sisters who are wooed into a deceptive web of love, intrigue, and infidelity. Mozart’s 18th century delight is given a 20th century twist, as this timeless story will be set during 1967’s “summer of love.”

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the opera features musical direction by James Allbritten, stage direction by Steven LaCosse, and vocal preparation by Angela Vanstory Ward. All are faculty-artists of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at UNCSA where Allbritten serves as Artistic Director, LaCosse as Managing Director and Vanstory Ward as Principal Vocal Coach.


Ferrando (Marvin Kehler) and Guglielmo (Ted Federle) realize their plot to test their lovers has been discovered in UNCSA’s Così  fan tutte playing at the Stevens Center. Photo by G. Allen Aycock

Opening night of Così fan tutte coincides with the 221st anniversary of the opera’s premiere on January 26, 1790. Così is one of the most popular operas performed in North America and is one of three operas – including The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni – on which Mozart and da Ponte collaborated.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on both Wednesday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 28 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30.  Performances are at UNCSA’s Stevens Center, located at 405 West 4th St. in downtown Winston-Salem.  Tickets are $12-20 for adults and $10-15 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at the UNCSA Box Office at (336)721-1945 or online at www.uncsa.edu/performances.

A vehicle for advancing the career potential of exceptional young singers, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute offers performance-based training at the graduate and post-graduate levels to several Institute Fellows each year. For more information about the Fletcher Institute, visit www.fletcheropera.com.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

 

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