Opera Wilmington held its first dress rehearsal of Mozart's comedy, Cosi fan tutte ("Women are like that"), this past weekend. The show opens this Wednesday. Director Frank Trimble took a moment to talk to us about the show and why many folks unfamiliar with the genre might really enjoy it. The language of the show is Italian, but much like Shakespeare, reading a summary of the plot is extremely helpful in enjoying the show. Beyond that, the translation scrolls at the top of the stage (to hear a brief summary, see the Web Extra below). Listen to Frank Trimble above.
Performances are at Mainstage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Building: Wednesday, July 27th at 7:30pm (Preview); Friday, July 29th at 8:00pm (Gala Dinner Reception); Sunday, July 31st at 3:00pm; Friday, August 5th at 8:00pm; and Sunday, August 7th at 3:00pm (Closing Cast Party). Tickets are available at the door, in advance through Kenan Auditorium at 910-962-3500, or online.
The show has local and guest talent, a beautiful set, and costuming designed and created by the talented Mark Sorensen. The live orchestra is conducted by Joe Hickman, featuring top-notch musicians, such as Danijela Zelzelj-Gualdi (violin), John LaCognata (trumpet), Michael D'Angelo (percussion), and Mary Jo White (flute). Nancy King is the Artistic Director of Opera Wilmington and co-stars in this show.
Below, listen to 2 Web Extras from UNCW Music student Shaunte Jordan. In the first, she gives a brief summary of the opera; in the second, we have a bit of fun with cast and crew pronunciations of Cosi fan tutte.