Campus Digest: UWOpera brings Mozart to stage

Over the years, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte has been interpreted in many ways, but this is UWOpera’s own Western version of one of the master’s most famous operas.

“The story is completely contemporary in setting,” said Theodore Baerg, director. “Relationships haven’t changed much over history. They are as predictable or unpredictable as always.”

Two young men are so sure their expectations of eternal faithfulness from their fiancées, they bet against their mentor, whose experience makes him think otherwise. You’ll have to come to the opera to see who wins the wager.

Familiar local landmarks pop up on stage and smartphones play a role in the miscommunications. Much comedy ensues as disguises, indiscretions and dual roles are set to the glorious music of Mozart.

“Everything works out in the end, but you have to come to find out how,” Baerg said.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 8-9; 2 p.m. Feb. 2-3; and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, and are available via the Grand Theatre box office at 519-672-8800, at, or cash at the door.


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