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February 2011 - Nr. 2

York Region, On…Opera York in its 14th season proudly presents the production of Cosi Fan Tutte, at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts. The opera opens on February 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm and has performances on both March 3 and 5th at 8:00 pm.

Cosi Fan Tutte by W.A. Mozart. Mozart and Da Ponte took as a theme "fiancée swapping" which dates back to the 13th century, with notable earlier versions being those of Boccaccio's Decameron and Shakespeare's play Cymbeline. Cosi Fan Tutte with its alternate title “The School of Lovers” explores an unpopular politically incorrect notion that women are fickle. Fiordiligi is played by Rachel Cleland-Ainsworth and Don Alfonso played by Dion Mazerolle.

Opera York’s co-artistic director for Cosi Fan Tutte is Geoffrey Butler. Joining Opera York this year is Melissa Bencic as a stage director for Cosi Fan Tutte. In Opera York’s performance magazine 2010-2011, Butler talks about how Mozart is hard. “All of the natural harmonic perfection, structural balance and seemingly preordained melodic disclosure require a daunting amount of attention from singers, instrumentalists and conductors alike. Designers and directors have their hands and heads full with the multiple layers of meaning and character in these most beloved operas.” Mozart shows how complicated human interaction is and how the characters experience both the joy and pain of love.

Opera York recently received the RAVE award from the City of Vaughan. This award was given to the company for its role in education and mentoring young artists.

To find out more about the production of Cosi Fan Tutte or Opera York please visit their website at

Cosi Fan Tutte

February 27, 2011, at 2:00 pm
March 3, and 5th at 8:00 pm

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (10268 Yonge Street)

Tickets $40 - $50
Box Office: (905) 787-8811 or go to

Opera York is a professional opera/operetta company run by volunteers. It goes into the community and brings understanding of opera/operetta into the school system. Gives novices a chance to step onto the stage, has its own choir and orchestra and has become acknowledged and respected in the field and audiences alike.

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