Mozart comes to the Globe

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT - Cosi Fan Tutte is at the Globe on March 1 at 7.30pm. Book­ings are on­line glo­bethe­atre.co.nz and by phone 351-4409 be­tween 10-2pm. – The Tribune has two dou­ble passes to give away to Cosi Fan Tutte. To en­ter the draw, email your con­tact de­tails with ‘Mozar

For the first time in quite some time, a fully-staged opera will be per­formed in Palmer­ston North.

Cosi fan Tutte is one of Mozart’s bestloved and most scan­dalous op­eras. In this bat­tle of the sexes, two sis­ters, al­ready en­gaged, find their heads be­ing turned by a pair of in­trigu­ing for­eign gen­tle­men.

Welling­ton’s Wan­der­lust Opera, the brain­child of so­prano Ge­or­gia Jamieson Emms, is bring­ing Cosi to the Globe on March 1.

From Feather­ston, Ge­or­gia re­turned to New Zealand to start a fam­ily af­ter sev­eral years singing pro­fes­sion­ally in Ger­many, and launched Wan­der­lust last year. Her com­pany per­formed mu­si­cal Hap­pily Ever Af­ter – an orig­i­nal story set to the mu­sic of Stephen Sond­heim at the Globe in Novem­ber.

‘‘Start­ing my own com­pany had been in the back of my mind for a long time,’’ she ex­plains. ‘‘I was so in­spired by what I saw in Europe from smaller com­pa­nies and theatre groups, artists cre­at­ing their own plat­forms for their work, cre­at­ing their own op­por­tu­ni­ties. I knew I had to do some­thing like that if I was go­ing to con­tin­u­ing per­form­ing.’’

Singing Fiordiligi in the orig­i­nal Cosi pro­duc­tion at the 2008 Dunedin Arts Fes­ti­val, Ge­or­gia re­unites with its award­win­ning di­rec­tor Jac­que­line Coats and with Matthew Lan­dreth who played Don Al­fonso.

Imo­gen Thirl­wall (De­spina) and Stu­art Coats (Guglielmo) have been re­cruited from New Zealand Opera, and are joined by The Ten Tenors’ Cameron Bar­clay as Fer­rando.

Dora­bella, the more way­ward sis­ter, will be sung by Ge­or­gia’s own sis­ter-in­law, Nor­way-based Kiwi mezzo Brigitte Heuser.

It can’t be of­ten that two sis­ters get to play two sis­ters in an opera.

‘‘It’s a treat to have my sis­ter back in New Zealand and on the road with us,’’ Ge­or­gia says. ‘‘It’s a sched­ul­ing dream come true.’’

Hold­ing the mu­si­cal reins is cel­e­brated pi­anist and vo­cal coach Bruce Green­field, with the sets de­signed by Toi Whakaari de­sign tu­tor Brian King.

Crit­ics have com­mended Wan­der­lust for its en­ter­pris­ing at­tempt to bring opera to a wider au­di­ence.

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Matthew Lan­dreth and Ge­or­gia Jamieson Emms as Don Al­fonso and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte at the Globe on March 1.

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