‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ @ Kentucky Center

March 30 & April 1

Bomhard Theater at Kentucky Center
501 W. Main St. • 584-7777
$20 ($10 students); 8 p.m. (March 30), 2 p.m. (April 1)

Although they are now hailed as masterpieces of comic opera, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operas were no laughing matter to the aristocrats he so deftly lampooned in his time. In “The Marriage of Figaro,” and again in “Don Giovanni,” Mozart and his most frequent collaborator, poet Lorenzo DaPonte, turned their satirical eyes and sharp wits on the sexual dalliances of morally bankrupt upper-class men, spinning tales of warfare between classes cleverly couched in battle between spouses, filled with divine music and bawdy humor. In “Cosi fan Tutte,” the third and last of Mozart and DaPonte’s collaborations, the theme is continued as two Italian soldiers, after accepting a bet from a philosopher, disguise themselves in order to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. The U of L Opera Theatre production is directed by Michael Ramach, with the full accompaniment of the U of L Symphony, directed by Kimcherie Lloyd. —Cory Vaughn

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