Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
All he wanted was everything.
Who was that masked man? As the legendary rake Don Juan leaves a trail of jilted lovers and mayhem in his wake, Mozart’s alternately mischievous and harrowing masterpiece of mistaken identity reveals the charmer’s darkest side. With an ingeniously playful staging of masquerades, trapdoors and mirrored panels, witness the genre's most infamous scoundrel in this timeless classic of comedy and tragedy. A cadre of the most prestigious alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts come home to star in this lavish production.
Production from Cincinnati Opera
Audio excerpts from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni (Opera Philadelphia, 2004; Corrado Rovaris, conductor). Featuring David Pittsinger (Don Giovanni), Richard Bernstein (Leporello), Wendy Nielson (Donna Anna), Patricia Schuman (Donna Elvira), Christine Brandes (Zerlina), Jeremy Ovenden (Don Ottavio), Riccardo Ferrari (Commendatore), and John Marcus Bindel (Masetto). Excerpts include: the frightening opening chords of the overture, Leporello’s brilliant “catalogue” aria of the Don’s conquests, “Madamina, il catalogo è questo” (Little lady, this is the catalogue), Don Giovanni’s seductive duet with Zerlina “Là ci darem la mano” (There I'll give you my hand), the stirring Act I finale when the Don’s victims expose him for who he is; the Don’s serenade “Deh! vieni alla finestra” (O come to the window), the jilted Donna Elvira’s wounded “Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata” (That ungrateful soul betrayed me); the Commendatore’s harrowing resurrection to bring Don Giovanni to the underworld in “Don Giovanni, a cenar teco” (Don Giovanni, I dine with you), and a moment from the victims’ moralistic epilogue “Ah! dov'è il perfido?” (Where is the evil man?)
OPERA AT THE ACADEMY
Academy of Music
240 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Estimated Running Time:
Approximately three hours including one 20-minute intermission
Performed in Italian with English supertitles