Wanderlust is the brainchild of Wellington soprano Georgia Jamieson Emms, who launched the company after many years working as an opera singer in Germany. This production of “Cosi Fan Tutte” was first seen in the Dunedin Arts Festival in 2008 with Opera Otago.
“Cosi” is one of Mozart’s best-loved and most scandalous operas, a battle of the sexes, in which two sisters, already engaged, find their heads being turned by a pair of intriguing foreign gentlemen.
Wanderlust is taking “Cosi” on tour this summer to five smaller centres in the lower North Island, including the Kapiti Coast; communities where audiences have fewer opportunities to experience opera without traveling a long distance.
The production is sung in English with a sparkling new translation by Jamieson Emms, and she has recruited an exciting all-Kiwi cast of professional opera singers including her own sister-in-law, mezzo Brigitte Heuser. The real-life sisters, along with soprano Imogen Thirlwall are featured on the “Cosi” poster.
This is a fun, fresh and accessible show to satisfy opera lovers and entice newcomers. Critics are calling it “witty and delightful” and Wanderlust is being commended for it’s enterprising attempt to bring opera to wider audiences.
Directed by Jacqueline Coats
Musical director Bruce Greenfield
Southwards Theatre, Paraparaumu
Wednesday 2 March, 6.30pm
Tickets $35/$29/$15: www.eventfinda.co.nz