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Maryland Opera Studio: Mozart's Cosi fan tutte

Maryland Opera Studio: Cosi fan tutte, November 21-15

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte
Conductor Craig Kier
Director Nick Olcott

The Maryland Opera Studio's Fall 2014 production of Così fan tutte asks "does fidelity exist?" When a cynical old bachelor convinces two young soldiers to test the fidelity of their fiancés, comedy comes close to catastrophe and reveals the flaws of human nature. Learn more about this comic opera masterpiece and its composer in the Michelle Smith Performing Art Library: 

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Some highlights of these lists include:

Così fan tutte goes HollywoodWashington Area Performing Arts Video Archive, The In Series, Carla Hubner, artistic director/executive producer, Nick Olcott, director
Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library—Paged Collections Room (please ask at the circulation desk)
Call Number:  WAP 0118 pt. 1 and 2 (non-circulating)

A production by In Series and director Nick Olcott puts a 20th-century twist on Mozart’s 18th-century masterpiece. A new English-language libretto based on Da Ponte’s original text transports Così fan tutte to a Hollywood movie studio where film producers and wannabe movie stars interact against a background of the roaring ‘20s. This high-energy production was performed and filmed in 2004 at DC’s Source Theatre, and is available for in-library viewing at MSPAL.

Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli Amanti, K. 588, Facsimile of the Autograph ScoreW.A. Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Norbert Miller, John A. Rice
Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library—Reference
Call Number:  ML96.5. M68 K.588 2007 pt. 1, 2 and 3

Ever wonder what Mozart’s handwriting really looked like? Interested in composer’s thought processes as he created this masterwork? Visit the reference collection at MSPAL to see a facsimile of Mozart’s original score for Così fan tutte, one of many reproductions of this type held in our collections. A facsimile replicates, as accurately as possible, an original musical score written in the composer’s own hand.  Scholars and performers alike benefit from consulting facsimile scores – these resources provide a window into the compositional process, the benefits of which are invaluable to the modern day interpreter.  Was a complicated scalar passage scratched out and replaced with a rest?  Was an aria originally written in soprano clef rather than treble?  Insights like these may help performers to shape their interpretation, and inspire scholars to examine the minutiae of the score in order to better understand the intent of the composer.

The Operas of Mozart—William Mann
Location:  Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library—Stacks
Call Number:  MT100. M76M3

There are a few Mozart operas that are familiar to every music lover – The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, and The Marriage of Figaro are staples of operatic repertoire.  But what about Mozart’s other works in this genre?  Learn the history behind La finta semplice, written when the composer was merely 12 years old, or find out what bits of society gossip may or may not have inspired the story of Così fan tutte…