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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 This Week's Paper
Opera to debut TSO collaboration

Tacoma Opera General Director, Noel Koran announced today more details about the opening opera of the 2012-2013 Season, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte which will be presented at The Rialto Theater on Nov. 2 and 4.

The Friday, Nov. 2, performance will start at 8 p.m.and Sunday, Nov. 4 will be a 2 p.m. matinee.

In making the announcement, Koran, who will start his first full season as general and artistic head of the company, remarked “I want to start my first full season as general director of Tacoma Opera with an opera that is light and celebratory. In Cosi fan tutte, we have an opera that is not only light and celebratory, but also personal and intimate, which is exactly the kind of production that Tacoma Opera is known for. So I can’t think of a better way to start out than with Cosi fan tutte – a Mozart masterwork and an intimate, comedic opera.”

With Cosi fan tutte, Koran will be making his stage directing debut for the company. The assembled cast includes several Pacific Northwest residents, including the Kenmore native, soprano Abigail Mitchell, who will be singing the role of Fiordiligi, and soprano Jenny Shotwell, who returns to Tacoma Opera this year as Despina.

Shotwell, a Tacoma Opera favorite, was last seen with the company in 2009 when she sang the role of Marie in Fille du Regiment. Mezzo-soprano Caitlin Mathes will debut with the company in the role of Dorabella. Completing the cast is bass baritone Rubin Casas as Don Alfonso, the cynic who sets the whole story in motion; tenor Jorge Garza as Ferrando and baritone Jose Rubio as Guglielmo, the two lovers of Fiordiligi and Dorabella.

“It’s wonderful to work with the kind of young emerging artists that we have in this production,” said Koran “I can’t help but think that they will bring to life just what Mozart was envisioning when he composed the piece.”

Leading the production musically, will be Maestro Keith Clark, who is making his Tacoma Opera debut with this opera. Clark, the Artistic Director of the Astoria Music Festival, has recorded extensively, both the orchestral and the operatic repertoire. He currently divides his time between Southern California, Austria and Oregon where he also founded the Portland Annual SummerFest Opera.

In a first for Tacoma Opera, Clark will be leading the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in this long-awaited collaboration between these two premiere regional performing arts organizations.

“We are thrilled and excited to partner with the excellent Tacoma Opera; it will give the public an opportunity to see us both in a new light," TSO’s Executive Director Andrew Buelow added. "We hope to pique people’s interest: to make the TSO’s audience curious to check out Tacoma Opera and vice versa. We don’t compete with each other, we complement each other.”

Cosi fan tutte will be sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage. There will be a free lecture about the opera given by Dr, Norman Heimgartner an hour before the performance.

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