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The School for Lovers: BYU Opera Presents “Così fan tutte”

BYU School of Music Brings Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” to Life at West Campus with an Exciting Twist

Two students in the Opera pose in 1970s dance clothes.
School of Music Students in “Cosi Fan Tutte"
Photo by Brooklynn Jarvis Kelson, BYU Photo

Mozart and Da Ponte’s “Così fan tutte” is an exquisite farce about testing love’s limits. The laugh-out-loud plot centers around “fiancée swapping,” a common 13th century opera theme that can be found in the likes of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” or Boccaccio’s “Decameron.” BYU School of Music’s version is complete with an entirely new setting—a 1970s Las Vegas casino—to accompany Mozart’s sublime music and Da Ponte’s witty poetry.

In this unique staging, the audience will not only have the pleasure of watching the opera but will also have the opportunity to participate themselves. BYU director of opera Shea Owens said, “An alternate title for the show is ‘The School for Lovers.’ The audience will get to attend this ‘school for lovers’ and there will be a question for them to answer at intermission. The conclusion of the opera will depend on the audience’s participation.”

Owens continued, “Doing this kind of opera is quite the undertaking and working with the students has been great. The comedic story paired with Mozart’s beautiful music makes for a great production that people won’t want to miss.”

Adults and children ages 12 and up are welcome to attend.

Tickets & Show Details: 
Date & Time: February 17, 20-24 | 7:30pm
Location: West Campus Mainstage Theatre
Price: $16-20
Tickets: Available online at