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ACU Music Department transforms comedic opera by Mozart to current opera set in Abilene

For immediate release
March 27, 2003

The Music Department at Abilene Christian University will present its annual opera March 28 and 29 at 8 pm in Cullen Auditorium.

This year's opera, "Cosi Fan Tutte," a comedy written by Mozart in 1721, has undergone some changes to make it more accessible to the audience.  ACU’s production "Women are Like That," will be performed in English instead of its original Italian and will take place in present-day Abilene instead of the 1700s.  It will also include a multimedia presentation.

"Women are Like That" involves a wager between three men.  Two young Dyess Air Force officers who are in love with two young women believe their loves to be completely faithful.  An older friend of theirs, however, tells them women are not to be trusted, and so they bet $1,000 on the fidelity of the women they love.  The young men announce their deployment only to return disguised as cowboys to test the trustworthiness of the women.

" 'Cosi Fan Tutte' is one of the main staples of opera repertoire, and I wanted the music students to have experience in roles from a real, serious opera, one they could place on their resumes after graduation," said Samuel Cook, associate professor of voice and artist in residence.

This opera is perfect for those who have never been to an opera, Cook said.

"Because of its contemporary setting, this is a good way for people to be introduced to opera.  This is not your usual, stereotypical opera presentation; its elements are very accessible to people, and because it is in English, it's a good way to stretch your horizons and experiment with the medium of opera," Cook said.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 674-2342 or at the door.  Adult tickets are $8, senior tickets are $6, and student tickets are $5.

"This opera is performed by very talented musicians," Cook said.  “It’s just a good show.”

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