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Dinner and a Diva

  Join your friends for an evening of fabulous music and fine dining!

Capitol City Opera 
Highlights from Mozart's
Cosi fan tutte
at Petite Violette

Tuesday, June 19 & Thursday, June 21, 2018

The comedy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, written nearly two centuries before what we now call "reality television," may have been the reality show of its era. The loose translation of Così fan tutte is ‘all women are like that.’ It’s a story about two young men who test the devotion of their fiancées by disguising themselves to seduce the other’s lover. But when the women don't react as expected, the fickle nature of love and attraction is revealed.

Plan now to join us at Petite Violette for a Dinner and a Diva evening on either Tuesday evening, June 19, or Thursday evening, June 21, to hear highlights from this crowd-pleasing opera. Our Cosi singers are sopranos Rachel Eve Holmes and Michaele Postell Brown; mezzo-soprano Amanda Caban; tenor Jose Caballero; and baritones Brian Bonin and Timothy Marshall. They will be accompanied both evenings by Capitol City Opera’s music director Catherine Giel.

Così was first performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on Jan. 26, 1790. Unfortunately it was only performed five times before the run was stopped due to the death of the Emperor Joseph II. After a six-month period of mourning, it was performed again: twice during June 1790 with Mozart conducting the second performance; twice in July; and only once during August 1790. After that it was not performed again in Vienna during the remaining 16 months of Mozart's life.

The first British performance of Cosi was in May 1811 at the King's Theatre, London. But it would take another 111 years before this Mozart masterpiece would find its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. where it would be performed by the Metropolitan Opera in 1922. By WW II Cosi had gained sufficient popularity to secure a place in standard operatic repertoire. It was ranked the 15th most performed opera worldwide according to records in 2015/16.  

So make your plans now to join us at Petite Violette on either June 19 or 21 for a great evening dinner and hear highlights from the reality show of its era, Cosi fan tutte.  

Tuesday, June 19
Thursday, June 21
2948 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329  
Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7 pm.
Includes a glass of wine with 3-course dinner. 
Reservations required. Contact the restaurant for pricing at 404-634-6268.

About Dinner and a Diva
Capitol City's Dinner and a Diva program is a great way to learn about opera with perfect portions of opera interspersed with wonderful courses of food. Programs at Petite Violette are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month unless that week conflicts with a major holiday.  

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2018 Dinner and a Diva Series