School of the Arts Launch Celebration: Converse Opera Theatre presents Mozart's "Così fan tutte"

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 7:30pm

  • Open to the public
  • Contact: School of the Arts
  • Phone: 864.596.9021
  • Location: David Reid Theatre, Chapman Cultural Center
  • Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $5 students (with ID) and children

Come early to enjoy a sampling of talents showcasing music, art, theatre and dance students and faculty in the School of the Arts. Friday and Saturday performances will be preceded by the showcase from 6 – 7:30 PM and the Sunday “Family Day” performance will be preceded by a special showcase by the Lawson Academy of the Arts from 1:30 – 3 PM.

A West Texas Comedy…Mozart Style

Picture this:  you’re driving through West Texas, and you get hungry along the way. You decide to stop at a little roadside diner called “The Roasted Armadillo,” and while there, you get caught up in the antics of the waitressing sisters, “Flodalucy” and “Dorabeulla,” and their fiancés, “T-Frankie” and “Bill Bubba,” all facilitated by their friend “Darlena” and boss, “Mister Marlow.”

You might think that you have landed in a sit-com on TV, but you are actually experiencing the operatic genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  That’s right – you are watching Converse Opera Theatre’s production of Così fan tutte.

The boyfriends, who are mechanics at the local Cadillac dealership, make a bet with Mister Marlow (owner of the dealership and diner) that their sweethearts will remain true, even when tempted by intriguing “strangers.”

The two young ladies are thrown into despair as their fiancés are suddenly called away for mechanics’ training in Detroit. However, it is all part of an elaborate charade to challenge the sisters’ fidelity. The men return in disguise to woo each other’s intended, and while at first the ladies are steadfast, their resolve begins to slowly melt away in this masterpiece of the comic operatic repertoire, presented November 18-20 in the David Reid Theater at the Chapman Cultural Center. To be sung in English.

Così fan tutte is one of the last comic operas that Mozart produced, and time has proven it to be among the most endearing.

Tickets are available at the Chapman Cultural Center Ticket Office Monday through Friday, noon - 6:00 pm, online:, or by phone: 864.542.ARTS (2787).