Live at the Met gets sharper definition

The next Met Live broadcast at the Cowichan Theatre features Così Fan Tutte,  -
The next Met Live broadcast at the Cowichan Theatre features Così Fan Tutte,
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The Cowichan Theatre wants to showcase its new equipment with a bang.

That bang sounds Saturday with the latest edition of the Met Live in HD series.

"We’re very happy to announce that the first HD broadcast on our new, brighter, sharper projection screen will be this amazing production of Mozart’s beloved comic opera Così Fan Tutte," theatre publicist Brian Kroeker said.

"Young love, fidelity, sexual attraction and the exploration of forbidden desires is showcased by Mozart's sublime music and an inspired cast," show promotional material states.

"Music director James Levine, after two years of injuries and health problems, makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart's beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.

"The Mozart comedy is about a scheming manipulator who goads two young soldiers into testing the fidelity of their fiancées. The soldiers bet their sweethearts will be true and set out to falsely woo them while in disguise.

"When Così Fan Tutte premiered in January of 1790, it was not met with great acclaim. Beethoven thought the libretto immoral while Wagner hated the music. Time has given new perspective to what was once labelled a 'trivial piece of work', with current consensus acknowledging it as a great work of theatre and a sublime musical depiction of the honest and intimate struggles of love and temptation.

"According to the critics, the Met's latest incarnation of Così Fan Tutte more than does justice to Mozart's vision for the opera. "I don't think I have ever heard a more vibrant, masterly and natural performance than this Così Fan Tutte," wrote The New York times reviewer.

"Audiences attending screenings at the Cowichan Theatre, including Met Live in HD presentations, will now see them better on the newly installed Rosco 22' X 50' front white vinyl projection screen, which provides a brighter, clearer HD image to the previous screen. The acquisition of the $6,800 screen was made possible by the continued generosity of The Friends of the Cowichan Theatre.

The show starts at 9:55 a.m.April 26. Tickets are  $26, with discounts for students, seniors and children. Call 250-748-7529 or online here.

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