Operatic Irregulars Presents Major Operatic Masterwork

Bethel College Operatic Irregulars will present a major operatic masterwork in a chamber rendition. The work is Mozart's masterful "Così fan tutte," the last of his delightful Italian comic operas, on Sept. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center.

The story is a mixture of fairy tale, farce and soap opera: Two soldiers, both happily engaged, resent an elderly 

friend's insinuations that their sweethearts could fall for other lovers. Those very sweethearts, in turn, reject their maid's cynic opinion that men can't be trusted. A bet between the men leads to the soldiers pretending to be called to duty, then returning in disguise, each attempting to woo the other's fiancée. The hilarious situations that result have entertained audiences since 1789.

Performed in English, shortened by an hour and without chorus, the performance is accompanied by director Robert Rhein, D.M.A. This piece retains all the passion, humor and delight of the original.

The performance is free of charge. For more information, contact the music department at 574.807.7575.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.