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Don Giovanni

an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lorenzo da Ponte

A legendary lover makes one too many notches on his bedpost in this opera masterpiece.

Sung in Italian with projected translations.

 

University Opera Theatre &

University Symphony Orchestra

November 8-11, 2012

Power Center


Overview

The Story: Based on the story of the libertine Don Juan, the opera tells the tale of Don Giovanni, a reckless philanderer who seduces women (more than 1000 according to his carefully detailed catalog) in total disregard for civil and divine authority. But in the wake of a life lived to excess, his day of reckoning finally approaches. Caught in the act of seducing the Commendatore’s daughter Donna Anna, Giovanni accidentally kills the Commendatore when he comes to defend his daughter’s honor. After more misdeeds and attempted seductions, Giovanni finds himself pursued by those he has wronged. Hiding in a churchyard, he unexpectedly meets the specter of the Commendatore in the form of a statue. Still unabashedly defiant, Giovanni invites the statue to supper, only to discover the irrevocable consequences for his dissolute actions as the statue exacts his revenge.

Background: From the commanding opening chords of the overture, through brilliant arias and ensembles, to the shattering music of Giovanni’s damnation, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart displayed his highest operatic genius in this musical version of the Don Juan myth. Stunning orchestral composition supports the blending of stark tragedy and high comedy that was innovative at the opera’s premiere in 1787. George Bernard Shaw considered Don Giovanni to be the greatest opera ever composed: “...eminent in virtue of its uncommon share of wisdom, beauty, and humor.” Fusing melodies of exquisite beauty with comedy and dark rumblings of eternal damnation, Don Giovanni continues to captivate along with its engimatic leading man.

Cast

Nov. 8 & 10, 2012

Donna Anna

Donna Elvira

Zerlina

Don Ottavio

Don Giovanni

Leporello

Masetto

Commendatore

Catherine O’Rourke

Antonina Chekhovskaya

Leann Scheuring

Jonas Hacker

Jonathan Lasch

Isaac Droscha

Jonathan Schechner

Nicholas Davis

Nov. 9 & 11, 2012

Donna Anna

Donna Elvira

Zerlina

Don Ottavio

Don Giovanni

Leporello

Masetto

Commendatore

Olivia Betzen

Katherine Sanford

Imani Mchunu

Nicholas Nestorak

Juan Pereira

Benjamin Sieverding

Paul Grosvenor

Ronald Perkins, Jr.

 


Artistic Staff

Director Robert Swedberg
Conductor Christopher Lees
Scenic Designer Gary Decker
Costume Designer Jeff Bauer
Lighting Designer Charles Malott
Stage Manager Geehoon Lim

Photos


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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