Naama Zahavi-Ely founded Opera in Williamsburg in 2012. The group stages live, full-stage opera performances and is putting on Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” (“So Do They All,”) at the Kimball Theatre April 15 and 17 as its seventh production.
Conducted by Maestro Jorge Parodi and directed by Isabel Milenski, the show is described as a “smart, sophisticated and very funny comedy that brims over with clever insights into the nature of human relations and young love,” according to the Opera in Williamsburg website.
“This is Mozart at his best, a sparkling evening of gorgeous melodies embedded in the diverting story of a (deliberate!) lovers’ mix-up,” Zahavi-Ely wrote in a post on fundraising website IndieGoGo. She decided to bring live opera, complete with world-class singers, to Williamsburg after experiencing operas in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she spent her summers at the International Vocal Arts Institute.
The show, performed in the original Italian with English supertitles, features Williamsburg-native Michelle Trovato and prize-winning tenor Cesar Delgado, as well as performers from some of Zahavi-Ely’s past shows, including Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck, Marco Nistico and Claudia Chapa.
Funding for the opera is reliant on ticket sales and donations. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $40 for seniors, military personnel, teachers, faculty, university staff and police and firefighters, and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased here.
The show begins at 8 p.m. April 15 with another performance at 8 p.m. April 17 at the Kimball Theatre, located at 428 W. Duke of Gloucester St.