FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Symphony Orchestra will presents Mozart's comic opera, “Cosí Fan Tutte,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.
This is the grand finale of the symphony’s 70th season.
“Cosí Fan Tutte is a great introduction for first time opera goers. It’s light and humorous,” said Terry Roberts, music director of the FSO.
Though sung in Italian, the audience will be able to follow the story with English subtitles.
“Così Fan Tutte” is a satirical take on relationships between men and women. The opera opens with two officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, discussing how they believe their fiancées, Dorabella and Fiordiligi, will stay faithful to them. Overhearing their conversation, Don Alfonso dismisses their ideas and wagers that he can prove in just a day that the officers’ fiancées are fickle. Ferrando and Guglielmo accept Alfonso's wager and from there, the antics begin.
Florence baritone Alexander Elliott, who recently debuted at The Metropolitan Opera and the Houston Grand Opera, will plays Guglielmo. His fiancé, Fiordilig, will be played by coloratura soprano Fran Coleman, an assistant professor of music industry and director of the voice/choral program at FMU.
Soprano Constance Paolantonio, a university instructor of applied voice and diction in Durham, North Carolina, will play Dorabella. Tenor Michael David Gray will play Ferrando, Dorabella’s fiancé. Gray is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant at the University of South Carolina and a company member of Opera Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Graham Wright a bass-baritone and Florence native, will play Don Alfonso. Wright is an art management consultant in the Boston area and founder of Opus Affair, an organization that connects individuals with local arts.
Katie Gatch will play Despina, the ladies’ maid who encourages the ladies to flirt with two new “foreigners” in town. Gatch is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina’s School of Music, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in K-12 Choral Music Education and a Performance Certificate in Voice.
Tickets for “Cosí Fan Tutte” are available at the FMU PAC at 843-661-4444.