Portland State University presents Cosi fan tutte
Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 3:00pm
An opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Stage Director: Tito Capobianco
Artistic Director: Christine Meadows
Artisitic Conductor: Ken Selden

PSU Opera 2007 Poster ImagePortland State University's award-winning opera program will present Mozart's Cosl fan Tutte for its annual production this spring. Joined by internationally renowned stage director Tito Capobianco, students will perform one of the world's most popular and celebrated operas.

Presented by the School of Fine and Performing Art's Department of Music, the libretto is based on the age-old plot of a lover testing the fidelity of his wife or sweetheart by approaching her in disguise. The librettist for Mozart's opera, Lorenzo da Ponte, doubled this theme by providing two diagonal seductions. Cosl fan Tutte will be performed in Italian with surtitles.

To direct the opera, Tito Capobianco returns to Portland State as the 2007 Jeannine B. Cowles Distinguished Professor in Residence (in 2004 he directed the PSU production of Die Fledermaus). Capobianco will also give a master class that is open to the public on Saturday, April 14, 2007, in the Lincoln Recital Hall (1620 SW Park).

The five showings of Cosl fan Tutte include evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, Wednesday, May 2, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, and one matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2007, in the Lincoln Performance Hall (1620 SW Park Avenue). Tickets for the opera are $25 for the general public, $19 for seniors and PSU faculty and staff, and $12 for students and children. Tickets are available through the PSU Box Office (1825 SW Broadway), by calling 503-725-3307 or through any TicketMaster outlet (service charge may apply). Media interested in attending should contact Angela Abel, University Communications, at 503-725-8794.

The story of Cosl fan Tutte begins in a Neopolitan cafi, where two young men, Ferrando and Guglielmo, argue with the older and more skeptical Don Alfonso that their fiancies, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, would never betray them. Aided by Despina, the sisters' maid, the men hatch a plot to test the women's loyalty. They disguise themselves as Albanians and woo each other's lovers, managing through various tricks to win over the initially reluctant women. As deeper feelings surface, however, the suitors become uneasy with their antics and once the deception is unmasked, the four reunite.

As so often with Mozart, the music expresses a comic-serious duality with striking moments of sheer beauty. Mozart and Da Ponte took the comic conventions of Opera buffa at the time and invested them with new seriousness, creating characters of rare depth and psychological richness. When it was written the subject matter didn't offend the sensibilities of audiences, but was thought to be immoral and frivolous through most of the 19th and part of the 20th centuries.

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Source: Christine Meadows (503-725-5463)
Author: Angela D. Abel ( 503-725-8794)
School of Fine and Performing Arts