CALUMET - As a teen, finding out what love and relationships are all about can be a funny and heart-wrenching experience.
Mozart condensed those experiences into one of his most well-known operas, "Cosi fan tutte," and all the laughter and pathos will be on display at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at the Calumet Theatre.
"It's an opera about teenagers who have an idealized and romantic notion of what love should be, and how they begin to learn how it's not so simple," Director Joshua Major said. "By the end they have to question what love is and what their ideals are; it's a comedy, but it's not without consequence."
The opera is one of the opening acts of Pine Mountain Music Festival, along with a performance from internationally renowned classical guitarist Ana Vidovic at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Calumet Theatre. The opera also kicks off PMMF for its Resident Opera Artists, who survived a rigorous audition process to attain their titles.
"This is an extraordinary group of singers," Major said. "They are incredibly well-prepared and I have no complaints at all.
"They're very open, willing performers," he continued. "They give a lot of life to the piece, and they understand the spirit of it."
The plot of the play centers around two young men who disguise themselves to test their lovers' fidelity, but the stunt ends up being more than just fun and games, according to a press release. It was originally set in the 18th century, but Major opted to move it to the 1950s for a more intuitive experience.
"It's just a fresher period to give us a strong sense of the characters, and it's a good setting for teenage innocence," Major said. "It's a fresh idea that the audience will be able to understand what the piece is about in this setting."
Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. The opera will be sung in Italian, with English surtitles above the stage. There will be a free pre-opera talk an hour before the performance given by "Cosi fan tutte" Conductor Joseph Mechavich.
On Monday, Pine Mountain Music Festival officially kicks off its local performance schedule with an appearance from Vidovic, who is visiting the PMMF between concerts in Croatia, Austria and Japan.
A native of Croatia, Vidovic began playing guitar at age 5 and at 13, became the youngest student to attend the National Musical Academy in Zagreb, Croatia, according to a press release. She also graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in 2005, and has racked up several prizes and international competition victories.
Her concert will include the works of Bach, Albeniz, Tedesco, Lauro, Walton and Takemitsu. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and students.
Tickets are on sale at the Michigan Tech Ticketing Services, located at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex, or by calling 877-746-3999. Tickets are also available at the Calumet Theatre Box Office at 337-2166 and at the door. For more information about the music festival, visit pmmf.org or call 888-309-7861.