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Opera in Norway this Sunday

June 14, 2012
The Daily News

NORWAY - Pine Mountain Music Festival presents Mozart's great opera "Cosi fan tutte" on Sunday, June 17, at 3 p.m. at Norway-Vulcan Performing Arts Center.

The opera is a masterpiece of comic invention and dramatic detail. The alternative title, "The School for Lovers (La scuola degli amanti)," is perhaps a more precise description of the opera - four naive young lovers trying to understand and figure out the nature of love and relationships.

Two young men disguise themselves to test their lovers' fidelity, but what starts out as fun and games turns into something no one quite bargained for.

The mischief makers, Don Alfonso and Despina, two characters with a little more experience, lead the young lovers through the opera, imparting their worldly advice and cynical points of view

Tickets are $30 for adults or $10 for students and are available at Cuisine Art and Dickinson Area Partnership in Iron Mountain, by calling 1-877-746-3999, and at the door. There is a free pre-opera talk one hour before the performance.

The opera will be sung in Italian, with English surtitles above the stage. Cosi fan tutte will also be performed in Marquette on June 19 and in Calumet on June 21.

The singers for Cosi fan tutte will be our six Resident Opera Artists. A chorus composed of local singers from the Keweenaw area will round out the cast for this dramatic and popular opera. The opera will be conducted by the remarkable Joseph Mechavich (Il matrimonio segreto 2010) and directed by Artistic Director, Joshua Major. Mr. Mechavich will present a pre-opera talk one hour before performance.

Mezzo-soprano Claire Shackleton performs the role of Dorabella while the role of Fiordiligi is sung by soprano Jacqueline Shoda-Iwasaki. Singing the parts of the two fiancs are tenor Martin Bakari as Ferrando and baritone Alex DeSocio as Guglielmo. Completing the cast is Julie Tabash as Despina, the maid, and Jonathan Christopher as Don Alfonso. All six Resident Opera Artists will also perform in A Little Night Music in July.

This production is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pine Mountain Music Festival presents a season of opera, classical and popular music each June-July in the Dickinson County area, the Marquette area, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and in other towns in the Upper Peninsula.

Headquartered in Hancock, it is supported by donations, ticket sales and grants. Visit the web at or call 888-309-7861 for more information.



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