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DATE: October 26, 2009 4:01:46 PM PDT
Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program to Present 'Cosi Fan Tutte' at WWU Nov. 13

Contact: WWU Department of Music, (360) 650-3130

BELLINGHAM The Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program will perform Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Mainstage Theater.

Directed by Benjamin Smith and inspired by the physical humor of commedia dell’arte, the Young Artists’ “Così fan tutte” is a joy-filled roller-coaster ride that will leave you giggling with delight at the follies and foibles of four lovers who get more than they bargained for when they wager on love. Through a dizzying plot full of disguises, mistaken identities, and dangerous flirtations, the lovers learn that there is much more to their partners (and themselves) than they could have imagined. A little love and laughter combined with Mozart’s sublime music ensures a wonderful evening of theater for the whole family.

The event, which is sponsored by the WWU Opera Studio and Lee and Mamiko Van Horn, will also feature a pre-performance lecture by Seattle Opera Education Artistic Administrator, Jonathan Dean.  The lecture will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. in PAC 16 and is free and open to the public.  Tickets are required to attend the opera performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater.

Now in its 12th year, Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program provides career guidance and training for young professional singers, typically between 22 and 32 years old. These singers are selected through national auditions and invited to participate in an intensive 20-week production-based curriculum. At the culmination of the program, each Young Artist performs a complete role in a fully-produced opera with orchestra. 

Tickets for the opera are $16 general, $13 seniors, and $11 for students.  They are available through the WWU Box Office and a limited selection will be at Village Books and the Community Food Co-op.

Lot 14G, located just up the street from the PAC on Highland Drive, will be reserved for those attending the event to park in for free.  Parking spots will be given out on a first come first serve basis. 

WWU Box Office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour prior to the performance.  For individual tickets or disability accommodations, contact the WWU Box Office, (360) 650-6146 or visit http://www.tickets.wwu.edu.    

For more event details please call the WWU Department of Music at (360) 650-3130.

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