CCM's 2014-15 Mainstage Series Comes to an Enchanting Close with Mozart's Famed Opera 'Cosi Fan Tutte,' April 9-12
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) concludes its 201415 Mainstage Series with a true powerhouse: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts
Così fan tutte
. The celebrated opera
returns to the Patricia Corbett Theater stage at
8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9
, and plays through
Sunday, April 12
Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson
conducts and the
J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera Robin Guarino
directs. This production will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Guarino is certainly no stranger to
, as she has successfully directed the opera multiple times for the world-renowned
(the Met) in New York City. Notably, her September 2013 engagement with
also marked the return of beloved conductor James Levine to the Mets podium for the first time since May 2011. A Cincinnati native, Levine is a former pupil of LaSalle Quartet violinist and CCM Professor Emeritus Walter Levin. In his review for the
New York Times
, Anthony Tommasini hailed the Mets production of
as the most vibrant, masterly and natural performance of the work he had ever heard. Tommasini especially lauded Guarinos direction, calling it effortlessly in sync with Levines conducting.
Mozarts opera, with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, follows the well-worn tread of light Classical Era opera. Officers Ferrando and Guglielmo are certain that their fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi (respectively) will always be true to them a belief not shared by Don Alfonso, who, in his certainty that women can never be faithful and trustworthy, makes a wager with the two that he can prove within one day that their fiancées are fickle. To this end, he concocts a scheme with the soldiers: they will pretend to be called off to war, return disguised as Albanians and they will each attempt to woo the others fiancée.
Confusion, cross-dressing and romantic banter abound as the scheme unfolds, testing Dorabella and Fiordiligis resolve as well as Ferrando and Guglielmos skills in deception. With enjoyable music and a lighthearted plot transported to mid-20th century America,
Così fan tutte
is the perfect way to welcome spring and say a fond farewell to CCMs Mainstage Season!
- Ann Toomey as Fiordiligi*
- Jessica Faselt as Fiordiligi^
- Adria Caffaro as Dorabella*
- Eleni Antonia Franck as Dorabella^
- Joseph Lattanzi as Guglielmo*
- Simon Barrad as Guglielmo^
- Alec Carlson as Ferrando*
- Chris Bozeka as Ferrando^
- Grace Kahl as Despina*
- Jasmine Habersham as Despina^
- Derrell Acon as Don Alfonso*
- Tyler Alessi as Don Alfonso^
* Performs Thursday, April 9 and Saturday, April 11
^ Performs Friday, April 10 and Sunday, April 12
The Creative Team
- Mark Gibson, conductor
- Robin Guarino, stage director
- Lydia Brown, musical preparation
- Ryan Howell, scenic designer
- Caroline Spitzer, costume designer
- Wes Calkin, lighting designer
- Una Lin, wig & make-up designer
- Kevin Semancik, sound designer
- Sarah Stewart, stage manager
- 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9
- 8 p.m. Friday, April 10
- 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11
- 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets to CCMs Mainstage production of
Così fan tutte
are $31-35 adults, $20-24 non-UC students and $18-22 UC students with valid ID.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at
Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit
for more information on parking rates.
For detailed maps and directions, please visit
. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
For directions to CCM Village, visit
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macys
Community Partner: ArtsWave
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