Opera made easy

Mozart’s <i>Cosi fan tutte</i>, the 18th-century prototype for <i>Temptation Island.</i>

Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, the 18th-century prototype for Temptation Island.

Your familiarity with opera is limited to watching Bugs Bunny play conductor on Looney Tunes. You want to learn more about this centuries-old cultural tradition, but where do you start when you don’t own a tux and you’re not fluent in the Romance languages? CSUS Opera Theatre! Their newest show, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, is a comedic tale of two engaged couples battling outside temptation. The five soloists, all of whom have performed in professional opera companies, will sing all the musical selections in Italian with orchestral accompaniment. However, in sympathy for those who do not speak Italian, all dialogue will be in English and explanatory placards will be provided. Feel better? Shows are 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $15. University Theatre, CSUS. Call 278-4323 for information.