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Purchase Opera Students Present Modernized Version of "Cosi Fan Tutte," Feb. 1 & 2

Date Released: 1/22/2008

Voice and Opera students from the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music have taken Mozart’s classic opera Cosi Fan Tutte, and modernized the story, setting it in a bar and giving it a mafia theme. This shortened version, sung in English with piano accompaniment, will be performed February 1 and 2 at 7 PM in the Humanities Theatre of the Durst Family Humanities Building. Tickets are $8, $6 children, and can be reserved by calling 914-251-5909.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Cosi Fan Tutte is directed by Voice and Opera alumnus Sacha DeForest, , with musical direction by production student John Arida and piano accompaniment by Mr. Arida and the award-winning Mina Kim, a member of the piano faculty who received her master of music and artist diploma from the Conservatory of Music.

In this staged production, Don Alfonso is a real don, owner of the bar Al’s Place and a made man. Don Alfonso believes all women are alike (the translation of the opera title) and will cheat and lie and be unfaithful. To prove his point, he sets up two of his mobsters and the ditzy, big-haired sisters they are dating. The mobsters claim to leave town to take care of a mafia job, but instead disguise themselves to try to seduce the other sister. Despite all the trickery, the story ends happily.

The cast includes voice and opera students Constandinos Tsourakis and Said Pressley as Don Alfonso; Brister Hay and Jeffrey Taveras as the mobster Ferrando; John Arida and Michael Meyers as the mobster Guglielmo; Holland Kerker and Jennifer Sunshine as Guglielmo’s girlfriend Fiordiligi; and Rebecca Hajek and Shanna Spiro as Ferrando’s girlfriend Dorabella.