Syrian refugees and international opera singers hope to deliver message of peace with a re-staging of Mozart's opera ''Cosi fan tutte,'' set to open in Stuttgart on October 5. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Mezzo soprano, Cornelia Lanz rehearses Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte" in Germany It's an opera about love played out by four main characters, whose loyalties are put to the test by a bet. Things take a turn for the worse when the four lovers each discover they've all fallen head over heels for the other's partner. When it premiers in Stuttgart Germany October 5th -- it will also be about war and include Syrian refugees in the cast. For Lanz performing the opera has been a life time dream...and one with a message of peace. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL MANAGER OF MOZART'S OPERA PROJECT "COSI FAN TUTTE" FEATURING SYRIAN REFUGEES AND MEZZO SOPRANO, CORNELIA LANZ, SAYING: "Within this project the war is transported and we really want to make this into a message of peace for Syrians but also for the whole world, looking at Ukraine today, looking at the disbalance of the world. We really want to send a message: "Please hold your peace. Please." Performer Ahmad Osmani, was arrested and detained for six months by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. (SOUNDBITE) SYRIAN REFUGEE AND "COSI FAN TUTTE" OPERA PERFORMER, AHMAD OSMANI, SAYING: "We are here because of war. We are asking for a peace. We are looking for a peace. We want to send a message to the whole world. " A universal message as timeless as the opera itself