A zany, moving, and beautiful evening of music by the young Mozart, La finta giardiniera is both a farce and a lesson in forgiveness. Follow the ins and outs of the relationships and manipulations surrounding the supposed murder of the Marquess Violante Onesti. Posing as the gardener Sandrina, the Marquess is pursued by the local town Mayor, jealously despised by her fellow serving maid, put aside by the Mayor’s snooty niece, protected by her faithful servant Nardo, and mourned by her alleged killer, the insecure Count Belfiore. This slightly surrealistic opera is always fun and frequently heartbreaking. Don’t miss the talented artists of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Opera Program and the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra in this rarely performed opera gem.