Events

A TASTE OF OPERA: THE METAMORPHOSES OF DON JUAN
Monday, Apr. 7, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
The Wilma Theater (265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107)
Presented by Opera Philadelphia and The Wilma Theater
 
This spring, both Opera Philadelphia and The Wilma Theater present works inspired by the Don Juan legend: Mozart’s classic Don Giovanni (April 25-May 4) and Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq (March 19-April 20), respectively. At this special event, artists from both organizations will explore the Don Juan legend in scenes from each production, all inspired by the famed lover. There will be a question and answer session following this special 90-minute presentation.
 
BETWEEN THE NOTES
Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Merck Arts Education Center in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102)
 
Friends of the Opera can learn about the historical background, production details, and synopsis of Don Giovanni during this informative brown bag lecture. Noted opera lecturer Dr. Stephen Willier from Temple University will how Mozart musically characterizes the opera's multifaceted characters. Opera Philadelphia's Michael Bolton will share information about production, cast and creative team. 
 
OPERA PHILADELPHIA AT THE MOVIES: DON JUAN DE MARCO
Apr. 16, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute (824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010)
Presented by Opera Philadelphia and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Tickets: $10.50 and available here
 
Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway star in this 1994 comedy about a young man (Depp) who claims to be the infamous seducer. After working with a local psychiatrist (Brando), he and those around him become increasingly persuaded that this young man might actually be the legendary lothario.  Opera Philadelphia will perform an excerpt from Don Giovanni before the film screening.
 
OPERA OVERTURES
Apr. 25, 27, 30, May 2, 4, 2014 | Academy of Music
FREE for Don Giovanni ticketholders for the day listed on your ticket
 
Opera ticketholders can warm up for Don Giovanni with a pre-curtain lecture in the Academy of Music one hour before each performance. These free, informal talks will enhance your appreciation of all the operas you see this season. Led by Michael Bolton, Opera Philadelphia’s Vice President of Community Programs.

Production underwritten by Joel and Sharon Koppelman
and the Estate of Ms. Ellen Cole Miller

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?)