Pacific Opera Project Gears Up for Pandemic-Inspired ‘Covid fan Tutte’

By Logan Martell

Pacific Opera Project’s new staging of Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte,” titled “Covid fan Tutte,” is set to open in November for a socially distanced, drive-in production at Camarillo United Methodist Church.

This production features a new English libretto by Artistic Director Josh Shaw. The cast includes three real-life couples: Jamie Chamberlin and Nathan Granner as Fiordilgli and Ferrando; Christina Pezzarossi and Colin Ramsey as Dorabella and Guglielmo; and Ariel Pisturino and E. Scott Levin as Despina and Don Alfonso.

These three couples will quarantine together before the show opens to reduce the likelihood of infection. Kyle Naig will conduct the socially-distanced orchestra from the harpsichord.

The drive-in format will allow for 90 vehicles per performance, with audiences being asked to only bring as many people per vehicle as there are seat belts. The performance will last for two hours with no intermission, with live video being projected above the stage and the sound broadcast into cars via FM radio.

Masks will be required outside of vehicles, and while no concessions will be offered, audiences are encouraged to bring food.

“Covid fan Tutte” will run for three nights, on November 14, 15, 22, 2020.