Program

 

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?)