The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program will stage Mozart's sparkling comic opera Così fan tutte ("All Women Are Like That!"), sung in Italian with English supertitles, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 22, at Smothers Theatre, Malibu.
Henry Price will direct the Pepperdine student cast, while Tony Cason conducts the Pepperdine University Orchestra.
In Così fan tutte, two Italian soldiers accept a wager and assume disguises in an attempt to seduce the other's lover as a test of her fidelity. When their sweethearts' resistance begins to weaken, the men start worrying about more than just losing their bet.
A generous gift from the late Flora L. Thornton has enabled the University to enhance considerably the quality of its opera productions, its summer European opera studies workshops in Heidelberg, and its arts outreach programs. Recent productions include Die Fledermaus, Little Women, The Bartered Bride, The Marriage of Figaro, La boheme, and L'elisir d'amore.
Alumni from the all-undergraduate program have gone on to some of the nation's finest graduate schools, conservatories, and professional young artist programs.
Tickets, priced at $20 for the public, $10 for Pepperdine students, and $16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff, are available now by calling the Pepperdine Center for the Arts Box Office at (310) 506-4522 or online on the Center for the Arts website.