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Live Music

Mozart's Cosí Fan Tutte

When: Sat., March 14, 7:30 p.m., Mon., March 16, 7:30 p.m., Wed., March 18, 7:30 p.m., Fri., March 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 22, 2 p.m. 2015

The title of Mozart's opera buffa (comic opera) Così fan tutte translates roughly as "Women are like that." But with the way this romantic comedy unfolds, it is the men who act like brutes by setting up elaborate traps and situations to trick their lovers into betraying them. It could just as easily be subtitled "... and men are like that, too." The story follows sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, and the two soldiers with whom they are respectively madly in love, Gugliemo and Ferrando. With the conniving help of their friend Don Alfonso and the maid Despina, the soldiers pretend to be called to war, and return disguised as "Albanians" to test their sweethearts' loyalty. After much goading by the Don and Despina, the sisters finally give in to advances and reluctantly pick each other's disguised lovers for some innocent flirtation. Only after an elaborate ruse for the alter-egos to marry before the return of the soldiers does the whole deceit come to light. The women are mad at being tricked, and the men are mad at being betrayed, but, this being a comedy, mutual forgivemess will eventally occur. Utah Opera's version of this classic work is transported from its original setting of late-18thcentury Naples to a 1920s-era world filled with flapper dresses and zoot suits. Come also for the Opera Prelude Lecture scheduled before each performance, a post-show Q&A and even a Libretti & Libations event that will feature eight mixologists crafting cocktails inspired by the opera. (Jacob Stringer)

Price: $18-$95

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