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Next Weekend See the Met's HD Performance of Mozart's "Così"
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Next Saturday, April

26th

, the Met is due for another spectacular live broadcast from New York City and you can see its production from the comfort of your nearest

Cinemark

Theater.

A favorite among music lovers the world over, Mozart’s

Così fan tutte

(literally, “Thus do all women” or more popularly, “All women are like that”) follows two young couples as their affections for each other are put to the test.

Set in Naples in the

18th

century, the opera opens on two young men,

Ferrando

and

Guglielmo

, who are discussing their lovely

finacées

, sisters

Fiordiligi

and

Dorabella

.  Both men boast and assure themselves of the sisters’ constancy despite the doubts of their older and more cynical friend, Don Alfonso.  He declares a woman’s virtuousness to be like a phoenix in that it is something everyone discusses but has never seen.  Don Alfonso then wagers one hundred sequins that he can prove in one day’s time that the sisters are fickle and unfaithful, like all women.  Amused,

Ferrando

and

Guglielmo

agree to the wager.

What ensues are two acts of mistaken identity

hijinks

, faux-unrequited love and breathtakingly gorgeous music.  Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine leads the production which stars Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as

Fiordiligi

and

Dorabella

, Matthew

Polenzani

and

Rodion

Pogossov

as

Ferrando

and

Guglielmo

and Danielle de

Niese

as

Despina

.

The broadcast can be seen at

Cinemark

Theaters next Saturday, April

26th

at 12:55 pm with a replay the following Wednesday, April

30th

at 6:30 pm.  Tickets and more information can be found online here.

(Photo courtesy of www.metoperafamily.org.)

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Native Louisvillian, local musician, School of Music grad. Writing about the classical music scene in our lovely River City. If you have a question or want to debate Wagner, drop me a line on Twitter! "The only love affair I ever had was with music." -Maurice Ravel

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