Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comedic opera “Cosi fan tutte” embarks on a modern-day journey as staged by the NWSA College Opera ensemble
MIAMI---Set amongst a modern-day cruise ship, Mozart’s comedic opera Cosi fan tutte will be presented by the New World School of the Arts’ College Opera Theatre Ensemble. Directed by NWSA faculty member Jeffrey Buchman and produced by Professor Rodney Miller, the fully-staged opera runs Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 PM, at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Miami.
"I believe it is worthwhile to consider how a tried-and-true work might be reinterpreted by today's young audiences and singers,” stated Professor Buchman. “Mozart lends itself very well to modernization, especially when the beauty of his music and the comedy of his libretti are given free rein. I think our setting for Cosi Fan Tutte is fresh and vivid and that our student singers will feel very connected to it. And hopefully the audience will find it very engaging. Opera is still an entertainment art form and I always keep that foremost in mind when staging a production."
Set on the fictional modern-day cruise ship “Temptress of the Seas”, the production is accompanied by music from the NWSA Symphony Orchestra and highlights the operatic talents of five college students as they personify Don Alfonso as the ship's Captain, Despina as a cabin stewardess, and Fiordiligi and Dorabella as two sisters on a cruise with their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo. This risqué opera’s title literally means "Thus do all [women]", often translated as "Women are like that", and explores the centuries’ old custom of “fiancée-swapping” and its ramifications. Love, temptation, romance and intrigue are all presented to highlight, as Mozart saw it, that women are by nature fickle.
Buchman, winner of the Pavarotti International Voice Competition, has sung major roles with the country’s leading regional opera companies. His repertoire includes the title role in “Don Giovanni,” Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Marcello in “La Boheme,” Silvio in “I Pagliacci” and Valentin in “Faust”. He earned his Master in Music and Voice degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and has honored NWSA with his work since 2000.
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 174 East Flagler Street, downtown, Miami. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For tickets and information, visit, or contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
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