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COSI FAN TUTTE by Mozart
In classical opera buffa style, this La Scala production catches the symmetries and the humor in Mozart's music. Two young men who start off by boasting about the beauty and fidelity of their sweethearts learn that these two young women (who happen to be sisters) have minds of their own as they turn the tables on their lovers. Lessons are learned and love triumphs in the end and in the meantime listeners will enjoy some of the most dazzingly beautiful music Mozart ever wrote. The story begins when a wily old cynic and philosopher, Don Alfonso (sung by Claudio Desderi) decides to upset the perfect organized world of the two young men, Ferrando and Gugliemo (sung by Jozef Kundlak and Alessandro Corbelli respectively). Don Alfonzo bets them that their fiancees will not stay faithful for barely a moment in time if put to the test. The over-confident young men accept the bet. When the two young women, Fiordiligi and Dorabella (sung by Daniela Dessi and Delores Ziegler respectively), learn that their lovers are leaving they are distraught and Fiordiligi sings her show-stopping aria "Come scoglio" ["Like a fortress"] declaring determination to remain faithful to her fiance. However, very soon two handsome strangers (the young men in disguise) arrive on a mission of seduction. Aided by the maid Despina (sung by Adelina Scarabelli), the strangers succeed all too well to the dismay of the young men and the triumph of the philosopher. This production is set in the 18th century, a time of elegance, beauty, refinement and grace. It features gorgeously lavish costumes. This version is in contrast to the recent Metropolitan Opera production that provided an amusing modern day version set in Coney Island. The opera is written in the classical "recitative and aria" structure and perfectly balanced with an intricate combination of arias, duets, trios, quartets and sextets. The libretto was written by Lorenzo da Ponte and premiered in Vienna on 26 January 1790. Come and enjoy this delightful confection.

Robert and Pearl Seymour Center

2551 Homestead Road · Chapel Hill, NC

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The Chapel Hill Meetup is an Orange County cultural organization dedicated to the advancement of opera through recorded and live solo performances, group discussions, educational outreach and field trips. Membership is free with donations gratefully accepted to cover expenses. Regular meetings and presentations are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month at the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill.

We meet once a month on the 3rd Saturday from 1 pm to 5 pm.

We take a 20 minute break at the middle of the opera. And if you'd like to bring some fresh baked cookies or cakes, you will make many new friends!

More information about the Senior Center can be found at: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/aging/newseymourcenter.asp or call 919 968-2070. And, occasionally, we meet for wine and cheese at members' houses to vocalize and socialize!

All residents (and friends) of Orange County are welcome to the monthly presentations and are encouraged to add their comments and insights at the breaks and conclusion. As we say "this group will be accessible to both beginners who would want to learn more about opera and "fanatics".

We welcome your comments and suggestions for operas to be shown and other opera-related events that the group would enjoy. And we look forward to seeing you at our next Meetup!

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