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UT Opera Presents Cosi Fan Tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A comedy with heart, staged in a Mod 60's science laboratory that tests the faithfulness of women

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The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre will present Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera Cosi Fan Tutte at the Carousel Theatre on the UT Knoxville campus April 10, 12 and 13. But something will be different. Instead of taking place in 18th century Italy, UTOT’s performance of Tutte will be staged at “a science laboratory in the Mod 60’s, where Don Alfonso tests the faithfulness of two sets of  lovers by doing experiments on them,” explains UT Opera Director James Marvel.

“Katy Tucker is returning to do video and projection design,” says Marvel, “and Blair Mielnik is the set designer.” Both Tucker and Mielnik are based out of New York. UT Opera fans have seen Tucker’s work before –The Medium (2011) and The Rape of Lucretia (2013). Tutte will be Mielnik’s first project with UT Opera Theatre.

The Cosi Fan Tutte cast will consist of gifted graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music. 

Thanks to a unique and reciprocal relationship between UT and the Knoxville Opera, UT Opera students enjoy the opportunity to work alongside Knoxville Opera professionals in major productions, gaining valuable hands-on experience. And KO benefits from an affordable resource of talent for supportive roles in their performances. 

Opera Director James Marvel has directed more than 80 productions in the U.S., England, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Classical Singer Magazine named him stage director of the year in 2008.

Highly acclaimed Music Director of the UT Opera Theatre, Kevin Class, will conduct. Class is a multi-disciplined artist, accomplished as a pianist and collaborator and as a conductor of both orchestral and operatic music, with more than 40 operas in his active repertoire.

The title, Così fan tutte, literally means "Thus do all [women]" and is popularly used to mean "Women are like that".

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8:00 p.m., with at matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets are available at or 865-656-4444. Tickets are also available at the Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office 865-974-5161.

The UT Carousel Theatre is located next to the Clarence Brown Theatre at 1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996. 

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