LA Opera at the West Hollywood Library

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LA Opera presents Mozart’s Così fan tutte, a comedy of young love and the ultimate test of fidelity.

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission and LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program will present a semi-staged abridged version of one of Mozart’s most popular comedies, Così fan tutte on Saturday, December 10, 2011 starting at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, 2011 starting at 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The music will be performed in Italian with English narration, and running time is approximately fifty minutes.

In this opera, two young men go undercover to test the fidelity of their ladies. What could possibly go wrong? Filled with ravishingly beautiful music and sparkling wit, Così fan tutte features a funny, clever plot that was bracingly politically incorrect, even in Mozart's day. Cast and characters include Tracy Cox as Fiordiligi; Renee Rapier as Dorabella; Ben Bliss as Ferrando; Museop Kim as Guglielmo; Eric Anstine as Don Alfonso; Valentina Fleer as Despina; and Douglas Sumi as Piano.

About the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program:
The Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program was created and is overseen by Plácido Domingo, LA Opera's Eli and Edythe Broad General Director. The program is a two- to three-year paid residency for singers and pianists of exceptional talent who are currently in transition from academic training to a professional career in opera. The Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program is designed to support the future of opera by discovering and developing the talents of exceptionally gifted young artists to become performers of potentially international stature, who will be valuable assets to LA Opera and to companies around the world.

About LA Opera:
The Los Angeles Opera is an opera company in Los Angeles, California. It is the fourth largest opera company in the United States. The company's home base is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, part of the Los Angeles Music Center. Spanish tenor/conductor Plácido Domingo has been general director since 2003; his contract runs through 2013. American conductor James Conlon has been music director since 2006.