Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cosi fan tutte in Geneva, NY

A good friend is presenting a summer young artist production of Cosi fan tutte in upstate New York's Finger Lakes region:

American Landmark Festivals is pleased to collaborate with the Smith Center for the Arts in Geneva, New York, to present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte---a giddy satire by Vienna’s Imperial court poet Lorenzo Da Ponte also titled “A School for Lovers.” This comic opera--one of the gems of all opera buffa--is a satire of the highly acclaimed fidelity of the female sex, and was finished by Mozart in 1790--the year before his untimely death--his third and last collaboration with Da Ponte, who also provided the texts for Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni--two of Mozart’s best known works and two of the greatest operas in the repertoire.

From the stage of the landmark Smith Opera House some of the greatest actors and singers of all time have been heard--including Frieda Hempel and Gustav Mahler’s wife Alma Gluck.--and the exceptional acoustics that have been its hallmark since it opened in 1894 have remained through its restoration the perfect venue for live and lively arts, dramatic and musical.

Performances of Cosi fan tutte take place on Friday and Saturday July 30th and 31st, 2010 at 8 PM at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva, NY and will feature outstanding operatic baritone Jimi James, tenor John Bernard, baritone Charles King, sopranos Michelle Seipel, Sara Thomas and mezzo soprano Laurel Cameron and will be staged and directed by Albert Bergeret--founding director of The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players--with conductor/pianist Pablo Zinger at the keyboard.

It is with special pleasure that we present on the historic Smith stage this July America’s leading champion of the comic opera of England teamed up with an outstanding champion of the light opera of Spain. Mr. Bergeret’s hilarious staging of Die Fledermaus, Impresario and Trial by Jury delighted Smith audiences in previous summers. His collaboration this summer with conductor Pablo Zinger, who is known world-wide as a conductor of zarzuela, should prove ground-breaking.

These performances and English translation of Cosi are being prepared and presented by American Landmark Festivals in memory of its founding director conductor/pianist Francis Heilbut, whose knowledge of and enthusiasm for opera, Mozart and The Smith Opera House remain an inspiration.

Tickets are available at the Smith Opera House box office or web site: $20 general admission, $16 college students/seniors $16, Free children K-12.

For further information contact:
Kelly Bradley, The Smith Opera House
82 Seneca St., Geneva, NY 14456

Gena Rangel,
American Landmark Festivals
26 Wall St., NY, NY 10005

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