Penn State Centre Stage presents performance of Mozart’s opera

Performance conducted by WSO’s Maestro Gerardo Edelstein

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UNIVERSITY PARK — There are several reasons why Penn State Centre Stage’s “Cosi fan tutte” is a distinctively different attraction.

Although included in PSCS’s 2017-18 theater season, “Cosi …” is a major collaboration between Penn State’s School of Theater and its School of Music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “Cosi fan tutte” will be sung at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 16 at the Playhouse Theatre on campus.

Another noteworthy distinction, especially for classical music patrons, is that this opera’s conductor is Gerardo Eidelstein, who is also the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director.

From his campus office, the affable, energetic Edelstein comments that “Mozart’s contributions to the opera world are countless and ‘Cosi fan tutte’ has some of the finest music ever written by the composer.”

“A farce that was considered ‘immoral’ targets human relationships from different angles, and it will never be dated,” he said. “Conducting Mozart is always a joy, his music is fresh, original, and has all the dramatic ingredients that the plot requires. It is indeed a great experience for our students, instrumentalists, and vocalists to perform one of the greatest operas of the classical period.”

Set in Naples during the latter part of the18th Century, “Cosi …” is sometimes known as “The School for Lovers.”

As a probing look into romantic relationships, “Cosi fan tutte” literally means “Thus do all (women),” but it more often translated in English as “Women are like that.”

The storyline follows the efforts of a cynical old philosopher Don Alfonso to prove that all women are fickle.

He convinces two young officers Ferrando and Guglielno to accept his bet their fiancees can not remain faithful, even for 24 hours.

Pretending to head off to war, the officers leave their grieving fiancees only to return shortly thereafter disguised as Albanians. And as Don Alfonso predicted, the beautiful girls, while initially resisting the Albanians’ advances, quickly fall for the charming new suitors.

The intrigue deepens once a “marriage contract” surfaces , and the furious Albanians “unmasked.”

Mixing bawdy humor and some keen insight, Mozart spins out a comedy whose themes remains timeless.

Sometimes billed as the “epitome of sophisticated, thought-provoking entertainment,” the lengthy opera (reportedly running nearly three hours) is played with one intermission.

Penn State Centre Stage’s production of “Cosi fan tute” is sung in Italian, with English translation provided with supra titles.

For more information, call the box office at 814-863-0255; 800-ARTS-TIX; or visit www.theatre.psu.edu.

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