University Opera has been awarded 2nd place in the 2019-2020 National Opera Association Production Competition (Division V) for last winter’s production of Cosi fan tutte.

The goal of the NOA Opera Production Competition is to further the organization’s mission by encouraging and rewarding creative, high quality opera productions at academic institutions and music conservatories. The Opera Production Competition is divided into multiple divisions so that competitors are fairly judged against similarly cast and budgeted productions.

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University Opera explored the vicissitudes of love with Mozart’s beloved Cosi fan tutte. Blending rollicking humor with keen insight and barely concealed cynicism, Cosi features some of the most ravishing music Mozart ever wrote.

The University Opera production placed Cosi in 1920, a time in which the early women’s rights movement was gaining momentum. Against this backdrop, this story of male manipulation takes on greater dimensionality and nuance.

The cast featured Rachel Love and Cayla Rosché alternating as Fiordiligi, and Chloe Agostino and Julia Urbank splitting the performances as Dorabella. Carly Ochoa, Anja Pustaver, and Kelsey Wang all sing the role of Despina. Benjamin Hopkins sang Ferrando, Kevin Green played Guglielmo, and James Harrington was Don Alfonso.

The production was designed by Joseph Varga with lighting by Zak Stowe. Sydney Krieger and Hyewon Park were the costume designers; Lydia Berggruen, the props designer; Jan Ross, hair and wig designer, and the production stage manager was Dylan Thoren. Others on the production staff included Benjamin Hopkins, operations manager for University Opera; Alice Combs, master electrician; assistant stage managers Grace Greene and Cecilia League; and Ashley Haggard and Kelsey Wang, costume assistants.

Cosi fan tutte, by W.A. Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
David A Ronis, Director
Oriol Sans, Conductor
Joseph Varga, Scenic Designer
Thomas Kasdorf, Vocal Coach