(Boston) –The Boston University School of Music and School of Theatre will collaborate once again in a production of Mozart’s comic opera Così fan tutte, February 18-21 on the mainstage of the Boston University Theatre. Loosely translated “that’s the way it is,” Così fan tutte challenges faithful women using disguises, seduction, trickery, and surprise in a reckless game of fiancée swapping. Guest Director Lawrence Edelson and conductor William Lumpkin will lead singers from the School of Music Opera Institute, the vocal program, and the BU Chamber Orchestra in an imaginatively-staged production designed and built entirely by students from the School of Theatre.
Edelson shares his thoughts on the unique setting of the production: “Although Così is a comedy, it is also a very real examination of social interactions, dating, sexuality, and morals. When I started to dig into Così, I was struck by the amazing similarity between the plot of the opera and reality television shows. The scenario Alfonso sets could easily be a reality TV premise of the sort ranging from Wife Swap and The Bachelorette, to perhaps the most important example of the genre that relates to the way I am thinking about the production: the granddaddy of all reality TV, Candid Camera. During further research, I discovered that Candid Camera was championed by none other than the prestigious Ford Foundation, highbrow TV critics, and behavioral researchers, who saw the representation of ‘real life’ in Allen Funt’s work as both a respectable genre and a ‘boon to liberal democracy.’ It is from this launching point, through the lens of the hidden camera, that we are approaching this wonderful social experiment of an opera! “
Director Lawrence Edelson has served on the staffs of Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera, and was recently recognized by Opera America as a winner of the first Director/Designer Showcase sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. His original productions include the American premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus (Wolf Trap Opera), the New York premiere of Fauré’s Pénélope (Manhattan School of Music), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Hawaii Opera Theatre), Carmen (Toledo Opera), Little Women and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tel Aviv). He is currently working on a major new production of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas which will be produce by Fort Worth Opera. Edelson is also the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater, where he is responsible for overseeing all programs, including the only full-time mentorship program for opera composers and librettists in the United States, and the development of new works. Edelson studied voice and musicology at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and holds degrees in Directing (BA) and Performing Arts Administration (MA) from New York University.
AT A GLANCE
Così fan tutte
Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm
Friday, February 19, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 20, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 21, 2:00pm
Music by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart; Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
William Lumpkin, conductor
Lawrence Edelson, guest stage director
In Italian with English supertitles by Allison Voth
Tickets: $20 general public; $15 BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, students, and senior citizens; BU community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600.
Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Getting There: T Green Line, E line, Symphony stop; T Orange Line, Mass Ave stop
April 15-18, 2010
Music and Libretto by Carlisle Floyd
William Lumpkin, conductor
Sharon Daniels, stage director
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Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.
The Boston University School of Music, founded in 1872, is the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States. The character of the School is shaped by its position at the center of a major university situated in the heart of Boston, a city that takes learning and music seriously. The Boston University Opera Institute is one of the premier programs of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. Founded in 1987 by Dean Emerita Phyllis Curtin, and under the leadership of Director of Opera Programs Sharon Daniels since 1995, the Opera Institute is a non-degree professional training program for the advanced singer preparing for an operatic career. A theatre conservatory within the embrace of a metropolitan university, the Boston University School of Theatre offers programs in acting, directing, design, production, management, theatre education, and theatre arts. Its programs foster the synthesis of imagination, intellectual inquiry, and technical skill by combining rigorous training with study in a traditional liberal arts curriculum.