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Così fan tutte Valentine's
Posted by Alan Flurry - February 12, 2016

UGA Opera Theatre on the Fine Arts Theatre stage is a memorable experience, and this weekend, Mozart's "School for Lovers" takes over the great hall at the heart of campus:

The opera will be performed in the UGA Fine Arts Theatre on Feb. 12-13 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.

"This is the perfect Valentine's Day treat," said Frederick Burchinal, director of the UGA Opera Theatre. "This opera, also called The School of Lovers, is filled with intrigue and deception, combined with beautiful scenery, elegant historical costumes, magnificent voices and orchestra, all in the intimate setting of the UGA Fine Arts Theatre."

Tickets are $18 each or $5 with a UGA student ID and are available at, by calling 706-542-4400 or visiting the Performing Arts Center box office.

Told over two acts, Cosi fan Tutte, is the story of two soldiers, their fiancees and a wager that tests their fidelity. Once two outside meddlers join in to create an elaborate ruse, the game is on in what Burchinal calls a "romantic comedy" and "one of Mozart's great compositions."

The cast of six includes four Hodgson School of Music graduate students: Laura Anne Cotney, Rachel Eve Holmes, Brett Pardue and Isaiah Feken, who will also be featured as Sweeney Todd in the theatre and film studies department's April production. The cast also includes two alumni singers, Avery Draut and Richard Block, who are currently pursuing professional singing careers.

The opera will be sung in Italian as originally written with English supertitles displayed on a screen above the stage.

A treat for you and your Valentine, no doubt. Congratulations to our students and professor Burchinal for continuing the fine tradition of bringing outstanding opera theatre to campus. 

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