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Are you ready for opera? Lecture to advance performances
Opera expert Norm Hollingshead will return to Vashon at 2:30 p.m. Sunday to give a free talk at the Methodist Church about “Così Fan Tutte,” the Mozart opera that will be presented by Vashon Opera in September. Hollingshead, an erudite opera buff, is well known in Seattle and beyond for his entertaining opera previews.
Vashon Opera will present “Così Fan Tutte,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Vashon High School. Buy tickets in advance at www.vashonopera.com or at Vashon Bookshop.
Several past Vashon Opera stars will return for the production, and several new artists will debut. Brendan Tuohy, who made a stunning splash with his portrayal of Martin in Vashon Opera’s 2010 “The Tender Land,” will return to sing the role of Ferrando. Sarah Mattox, who shined with sparkling coloratura as Rosina in Vashon Opera’s production of “The Barber of Seville,” will return to sing the role of Dorabella. Newcomers will include Erica Row, soprano, who will portray the role of Despina, and Charles Robert Austin, bass-baritone, who will debut as Don Alfonso. Andrew and Jennifer Krikawa will fill out the sextet playing the roles of Guglielmo and Fiordiligi. Maestro Jim Brown will return to stage direct and conduct the chamber ensemble, while Vashon’s own Joe Farmer will be the chorus master.