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Met airs funny Mozart opera Live in HD production of ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ set Saturday in Potsdam and around the world

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POTSDAM — The Met: Live in HD will return Saturday with one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comic masterpieces, the opera “Così fan Tutte.”

Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine will conduct the performance of Mozart’s barbed romance, a comic opera that shows the complications that ensue when two friends decide to test their partners’ fidelity.

The cast is filled with charismatic young Met stars, including Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their lovers and Danielle de Niese as the feisty maid Despina.

Renée Fleming, 1980 alumna of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, will serve as the host for the Met Live broadcast.

“I don’t think I have heard a more vibrant, masterly and natural performance,” New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini said of the production. “This winning cast performed like a crack comedic theatre troupe.”

Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte” will screen live from the Metropolitan Opera stage at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Potsdam’s Roxy Theater. There will be an encore screening at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

The opera will be performed in Italian, with English subtitles. The approximate running time is four hours, including one intermission.

The 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD is sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas.

All productions are shown live worldwide on Saturdays. There also are encore presentations offered on Sundays in Potsdam. Doors open a half-hour before show time, and there is immediate seating for advance ticket holders.

In The Met: Live in HD, robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, capture the beauty and power of live performance from striking angles. Intermission features and English subtitles bring the stories to life.

Ticket prices in Potsdam are the lowest available in the nation: $18 for an adult, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.

Met Live in HD: The details
WHAT: Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte,” live; May 4: encore by Metropolitan Opera, New York (HD simulcast sponsored by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas).
WHEN/WHERE: 12:55 p.m. Saturday (encore at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4). Roxy Theater, 20 Main St., Potsdam.
COST: $18; senior citizens, $15; students, $12; and children 18 and younger, $9. Information, tickets: 267-2277, Roxy Theater, Northern Music & Video, CPS Box Office at Sara M. Snell Music Theater, www.cpspotsdam.org.
NEXT UP: Season finale — May 10: Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” live; May 11: encore.
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