The University of Arizona Opera Theater presents its spring production, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Two performances will be offered in Crowder Hall, on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m.
The Arizona Symphony Orchestra will play both performances under the baton of Music Director Thomas Cockrell. Presented fully costumed and staged, in Italian with English subtitles, the production is under the artistic direction of Charles Roe.
“Some consider the ever-popular Don Giovanni as the most perfect opera ever written. It combines drama, comedy, spectacle and magnificent music in this story about Don Juan. We are very fortunate to have the fine voices necessary to present this great work,” said Roe.
The cast includes Seth Kershisnik in the title role, Kyle Connor as Leporello, Jenny Beauregard as Donna Anna, Dennis Tamblyn as Don Ottavio, Christy McClarty as Donna Elvira, Alexandra Outcalt as Zerlina, Brian Witkowski as Masetto, and Jess Koehn as the Commendatore.
According to Quaintance Eaton, in her book “Opera Production: A Handbook,” the story centers on Don Giovanni, who after a long life of amorous conquests, meets defeat in three encounters: with Donna Elvira whom he has deserted and who has followed him; with Donna Anna, whose father, the Commendatore, he kills in his escape from an unsuccessful attempt at seduction (and who thereupon postpones her nuptials to Don Ottavio); and with the peasant Zerlina, whom he vainly tries to lure from her betrothed, the bumpkin Masetto.
All vow vengeance on the Don and his harassed servant Leporello. Elvira alone weakens in her resolution and attempts reconciliation and reform. Don Giovanni’s destruction and deliverance to hell are effected by the statue of the Commendatore, who had accepted the libertine’s joking invitation to supper.
If you go
What: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” featuring the UA Opera Theater and the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, presented by the UA School of Music
When: Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m.
Where: Crowder Hall, UA School of Music building, southeast corner of Park and Speedway.
Cost: $15 general admission, $12 UA employees and seniors 55+, $10 students. To purchase tickets, call 621.1162 or visit www.music.arizona.edu.