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"the Opera Italia singers are FANTASTIC!" 

The performances are completely enchanting!"

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Opera Italia accepts


Audition Applications


throughout the year

and holds formal audition sessions twice a year,

next date June 22, 2024, evening,

1051 N Broadway, LA 90012.



Audition fee : $30

Please complete and submit the request form below.

An audition application will be forwarded to you via email.

 

Application Request

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Cosi' Fan Tutte

by W.A. Mozart
coming October, 2024

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Opera is Poetry ~~~
How can I understand it better?

We at Opera Italia treasure La Bella Lingua ~ Italian ~

and we know it flies by fast in an opera!

Many of you have asked for more explanation of the beautiful words, beyond the supertitles...

So for COSI FAN TUTTE, as we did for DON PASQUALE, we are offering a SPECIAL online class to get you ready -- 

  • to HEAR the poetry in the opera, and

  • to UNDERSTAND key phrases

ITALIAN is a super-melodic language -- join us for a fun hour of "practicing for the opera!"

~~ Created by our dauntless producer, Francesca Taylor, and taught by instructors trained in opera Italian from classic works

No experience necessary!

Come with a love of opera and Italian;  we will assure you gain a greater ability to know what you are listening to in Cosi' Fan Tutte - our next production, coming up in October!

Each class is one hour in length

$12 per session ~~ link will be sent upon registration

A Jovial Neapolitan Play...

Stage - Teatro San Carlo Napoli

SYNOPSIS

COSI' FAN TUTTE

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Act I

Don Alfonso and his young friends Ferrando and Guglielmo are arguing over the fidelity of women. Alfonso insists that all women are fickle, while Ferrando and Guglielmo refuse to believe that their fiancées, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, could ever be unfaithful. Don Alfonso wagers that by the end of that very day their fiancées will have betrayed them. He instructs Ferrando and Guglielmo to pretend that they have received orders to go off to war.

Fiordiligi and Dorabella are singing the praises of Guglielmo and Ferrando when Don Alfonso arrives to tell them that their betrothed must immediately depart for the battlefield. The young men arrive and the two couples bid each other a tearful farewell. Despina, the sisters’ maid, is preparing their breakfast when Fiordiligi and Dorabella enter lamenting the departure. She counsels them to amuse themselves while their lovers are away, advice that horrifies them. After the sisters leave, Don Alfonso, who has overheard their conversation, recruits Despina to aid him in his plot, asking her to admit two suitors (the disguised Guglielmo and Ferrando) into the house. Fiordiligi and Dorabella are alarmed to find two strange men in their home, and become ever more alarmed when the two men begin courting them. Don Alfonso pretends the men are old friends of his and begs the sisters to accept them. But Fiordiligi staunchly swears fidelity to her absent Guglielmo.

The sisters are lamenting the departure of their fiancés when the two ‘strangers’ barge in and swallow what seems to be poison. When they collapse, Despina and Don Alfonso go in search of a doctor, leaving Fiordiligi and Dorabella to tend to the apparently dying strangers. A doctor (Despina in disguise) arrives to revive the two afflicted suitors. As they recover, they vow their love to the vexed sisters with even greater passion, while Don Alfonso and Despina try to hide their amusement.

Act II

Fiordiligi and Dorabella are persuaded by Despina that there would be no harm in a bit of innocent flirtation. Dorabella chooses the disguised Guglielmo while Fiordiligi chooses Ferrando.

The suitors serenade the two sisters. Fiordiligi goes off for a stroll with Ferrando while Guglielmo courts Dorabella. To his amazement, Dorabella surrenders rather easily. As they go off together, Ferrando returns with Fiordiligi, who continues to resist him and leaves. When the two young men exchange news of their progress, Ferrando is stricken to learn that his faithless Dorabella has yielded to Guglielmo.

While Don Alfonso and Guglielmo covertly look on, Ferrando makes another attempt to break Fiordiligi’s tenacity. To Guglielmo’s distress, she too finally yields. Don Alfonso has now won his wager. He tries to console the two young men with his motto: ‘così fan tutte’ (‘all women are like that’).

The sisters’ weddings to their two suitors are proceeding when a military chorus in the distance signals the ‘return’ of Ferrando and Guglielmo from battle. The suitors and the notary (again Despina in disguise) hide. A moment later Ferrando and Guglielmo appear in uniform, feigning surprise at the cool reception they receive. When they discover the marriage contract and the notary, they swear vengeance on their faithless fiancées and their suitors. Finally, they reveal their ruse and the two pairs of lovers are reconciled. Or are they?

Introducing NEW Supertitle Technology to make Don Pasquale easy to understand and to enjoy!!!

Artistic Spotlight on Angela Brandonisio

Forthcoming artist and guest with Opera Italia

Opera Italia ~ LA profiles musicians, singers and artists of the community as role models for children and young people.

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How old were you when you started painting and how did you obtain training as an artist?

I used to paint when I was a child, but I actually started painting as a hobby my second year of community college. I would take art classes alongside my regular courses for fun. I would say my art journey began in 2016 when I was 20.

 

I realized in college that art was my true passion, I taught myself how to paint, then eventually took art classes that were specific to painting. 

What would you like to do with your art as your career unfolds?

 

 

Currently, I work as an art instructor. My dream has always been to teach art. I’ve just completed my bachelor’s degree in studio arts at Cal State University Fullerton, and I plan on applying for my masters very soon! I hope to one day teach university level art as a professor, specializing in drawing and painting. 

Who is your own favorite artist and what is your greatest source of inspiration? ?

One of my favorite artists include one of the old masters, Michelangelo.

 I would say my greatest source of artistic inspiration would be color. Specifically in nature, landscapes, skies. My favorite things to paint are nature scenes

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