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UW-Eau Claire Presents "Cosi fan Tutte"
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MAILED: Feb. 13, 1997

EAU CLAIRE - A night exploring the most exciting and frightening of all emotions - love -- is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

"Cosi fan Tutte," an opera about a wager between friends which leads to a match of love, will be presented by the UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 26 March 1, and at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center.

The show, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, explores the questions: Are women led by their emotions? Can they remain loyal despite being courted by another man?

The plot revolves around the wager between a man and two Naval officers, both of whom are engaged. The man bets against the officers' fiancees remaining faithful to them, and according to the wager, the officers must do everything the man says.

In disguise, each officer must try to court their friend's fiancee. "It identifies with things in Shakespeare -- who's who in disguise," said Dr. Robert Knight, director.

Knight, associate professor of music and theatre arts, said the cast is taking a whole different approach to this piece. The show has a degree of sophistication, he said.

The opera is given a modern setting in an Annapolis, Md., tennis club. "Instead of people getting caught up in what the cast is wearing -- wigs, big dresses, the typical opera costume -- people can identify with it," Knight said.

Along with the setting being updated, the language was also taken from a translation. "People will be able to understand it," Knight said. "We tried to make it as easy as possible so people can enjoy it, so we don't have to worry about language being a barrier."

The updated style required immediate adjustments by the cast, Knight said. "They have preconceived notions of an opera, too, just like others. Once they got into it, they enjoyed it a lot more."

The stage will be a little different, Knight said. "We wanted to make it like an operatic valentine. The audience will realize this is not reality they are dealing with," Knight

said. "The audience is going to have fun looking at this. Every character has its own color, so everybody will be able to tell which characters are who."

The cast members were more free to express themselves in the making of this show, Knight said. "It was as much fun as a learning experience for them."

Tickets for the show are $7 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and children under 18, or $4 with a UW-Eau Claire ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.

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UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741
newsbur@uwec.edu

Updated: April 23, 1997