Mozart meets Coney Island in the Met’s Così fan tutte

What do you think of when you picture Mozart?

I can’t help it; I picture the movie Amadeus. Remember? Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, that one guy as the bad guy… rumor had it that he was related to someone I went to junior high with.

But I digress.

Most of you probably picture his artistic genius, or hear the melodies of his symphonies in your heads. Whatever your connection to Mozart is, you can experience one of his most fantastic operas, Così fan tutte, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera right here on GVT’s stage this Saturday.

This exciting reimagining of Mozart’s work will stream live on Saturday, March 31, at 12:55 p.m. and will last approximately three hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission. Dr. James Caplinger from the University of Charleston will give a complimentary lecture beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $14 for seniors and $10 for children/students. For tickets or more information, call GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit

Phelim McDermott directs this cleverly updated vision of Mozart’s love story starring Kelli O’Hara and Christopher Maltman as the conspirators Despina and Don Alfonso. The production also features the performances of Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the lovers Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando and Guglielmo, and is conducted by David Robertson.

McDermott’s interpretation is a unique and modern look at a classic tale, set in 1950’s Coney Island. The director has a résumé that dates back to 1984, and his history with the Met includes The Enchanted Island, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha (debut, 2008) and the 125th Anniversary Gala. Along with that, he is a co-founder of the theater company Improbable, won an Obie Award for 70 Hill Lane, an Olivier Award for Shockheaded Peter and so much more.

Please, come join us on Saturday afternoon for a fun-filled ride!

Laura Kastenbauer