July 16, 2007
OPERA COMPANY OF BROOKLYN
TO PERFORM AT THE HORTON POINT LIGHTHOUSE IN SOUTHOLD, NY
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is
pleased to announce that at 5pm on Saturday, August 18th, 2007 the Opera
Company of Brooklyn, one of the premier modern Opera Companies in the Unites
States, will perform Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" at the Horton Point
Lighthouse in Southold, NY. This performance will be the final public event
honoring the 150th anniversary of the Lighthouse.
"We have been planning this event for more than a year
now," stated Geoffrey Fleming, the Society's Director. "We hope that residents
and visitors to the area alike will take advantage of this special performance
and join us on August 18th," he continued.
The Opera Company of Brooklyn makes opera accessible and
affordable throughout the New York City area to all generations by offering a
diverse selection of opera favorites and overlooked rarities. The Company draws
talented singers and musicians from the rich resources of the New York Metro
area, and allows them to share their enthusiasm and love for the world's
greatest art form with audiences in an intimate, dynamic setting.
The Company interprets opera with minimal costuming and
music, while stressing the impressive voices that are part of their troupe.
This allows the Company to do more outreach (including extensive school based
programs for children) and to operate at cost for below their more elaborately
Cosi Fan Tutte is one of the three Mozart operas for
which noted librettist Lorenzo da Ponte (1749-1938) did the libretto. (The title
is often shortened to Cosi in the English-speaking world.) The other two da
Ponte-Mozart collaborations were Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.
Cosi was written and composed at the suggestion of the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph
II. The libretto was originally intended to be set to music by Mozart's
contemporary Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) but Salieri only completed parts of the
first act and then broke off work on the opera. Once a rarely offered piece, it
is now frequently performed, being the 15th most performed opera in North
A Synopsis of the story: Ferrando and Guilielmo think that
their fiancés, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, will always remain loyal. Don Alfonso,
an old bachelor, bets the two young men that their fiancés are no more faithful
than other women are. As part of the bet, the two men pretend to be sent off to
battle but instead dress up as two Albanian suitors. After a series of hilarious
attempts, the two Albanians mange to gain the love of Fiordiligi and Dorabella.
After losing the bet and being enraged at their fiancé's lack of will, the two
men decide that they are all a bit wiser. The men still love their fiancés,
despite their infidelities, and want to get married.
The ticket price for the performance is $15 for adults and
children over the age of 12. Children under 12 will be admitted free. The
performance will take pace at the Horton Point Lighthouse, located on Lighthouse
Road in Southold, NY. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be
held at the Southold High School, located on Oaklawn Avenue in Southold.
Following the performance there will be an Afterglow
at the Home of Herb Adler Jr. where visitors can meet and talk to the performers
while enjoying fine local wine and other light refreshments. The
Afterglow is a separate fundraiser for the Society and is $25 per
Reservations are suggested for both the Opera and
the Afterglow and can be made by called (631) 765-5500 or emailing
the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment can be mailed to the Society at P.O. Box 1,
Southold, NY, 11971, or can be made at the Society's office located in the
Prince Building on Main Road in Southold (next door to North Fork Bank) or at
the gate on the day of the event.
The Society is very grateful that this program is
supported, in part, by funds provided by the Suffolk County Office of Cultural
Affairs, Steve Levy, Suffolk County Executive.
For further information on this and other Society programs,
please visit us on the web at www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org
** PLEASE NOTE : The performance will
take place in the naturally occurring landscape 'bowl' at the lighthouse.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating as the
steepness of the bowl does not make the use of straight folding chairs easy.