Salastina to World Premiere Vid Guerrerio’s ‘OC Fan Tutte’

By David Salazar

Los Angeles-based company Salastina is set to end its 2021-22 season with a production of Vid Guerrerio’s “OC Fan Tutte.”

The new work, which will be receiving its world premiere, aims to present an alternative to “Così fan tutte” and its “tired, dated misogyny of the original with contemporary issues of gender equality, gay marriage, and the friction between the religious right and the liberal left.” The new work, instead of the final message of “all women are alike in their fickleness,” aims to present the idea that “all of us… have a lot more in common than we may want to admit.”

The work also aims to poke fun at the increasing culture war and divide between the left and right.

The opera will star Kangmin Justin Kim as Queen Thespina, Ali Ewoldt as Briella, Chris Hunter as Frankie, David Castillo as Will, E. Scott Levin as Alonzo, and Joanna Ceja as Felicia.

Indre Viskontas directs while Vincent Womack conducts.

The opera opens on June 3 and runs through June 5.