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