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Washington National Opera: <i>Don Giovanni</i>

Washington National Opera: Don Giovanni

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Saturday, October 13, 2012

Opera Washington National Opera

Regarded as one of the greatest operas ever composed, Mozart weaves the tale of the legendary rake Don Juan into a comically lighthearted (yet deadly serious) musical masterpiece. "A dark Giovanni of depth, beauty" (The Washington Times).

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
WNO Revival

With more than two thousand seductions behind him and no end in sight, Don Giovanni becomes increasingly reckless as he descends into excess and immorality. But when his antics turn fatal and unrepentant, the women he has discarded seek revenge and it is ultimately served up by a hellish supernatural force.
 
In Don Giovanni, widely regarded as one of the greatest operas ever composed, Mozart weaves the tale of the legendary rake Don Juan into a comically light-hearted (yet deadly serious) musical masterpiece.
 
Powerhouse Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov will appear in the title role for this WNO revival of John Pascoe's darkly passionate production, conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin. The cast also features Meagan Miller as Donna Anna, Barbara Frittoli as Donna Elvira, Juan Francisco Gatell as Don Ottavio, Andrew Foster-Williams as Leporello, Veronica Cangemi as Zerlina, Aleksey Bogdanov as Masetto, and Soloman Howard as the Commendatore. Paulo Szot sings the role of Giovanni on October 9.
 
"A dark Giovanni of depth, beauty"
--The Washington Times
 
Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance: Sat., Oct. 13, 2012 at 7 p.m. Cast for this performance: Aleksey Bogdanov as Don Giovanni, Jennifer Lynn Waters as Donna Anna, María Eugenia Antúnez as Donna Elvira, Yuri Gorodetski as Don Ottavio, Kenneth Kellogg as Leporello, Shantelle Przybylo as Zerlina, Norman Garrett as Masetto, and Soloman Howard as the Commendatore.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

Performance Timing: Act I - 95 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 83 min. (3 hours, 20 minutes)


RELATED EVENTS

Opera Insight 
Free preview of Mozart's Don Giovanni on the Millennium Stage featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program on Tue., Sep. 11 at 6 p.m.

O-Zone Lecture 
Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Thu., Sep. 20 at 6:15 p.m. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.

Classical WETA 90.9 FM Preview 
As a precursor to the Sep. 29 performance, Classical WETA 90.9 FM will broadcast a special M&M'S Opera in the Outfield preview program on Wednesday, Sep. 26 at 9 p.m. Join host Nicole Lacroix as she details WNO's performance of Don Giovanni.

Artist Q&A
 
Sun., Oct. 7., post-performance in the Kennedy Center Opera House. 
Artist Q&As are free, but patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of the production that is being discussed.

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WNO Commentary: Don Giovanni 1/4: Overture, Act One: In the courtyard and streets of Seville (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Don Giovanni 2/4: Finale, Act One: A ballroom in Don Giovanni’s palace (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Don Giovanni 3/4: Act Two: In the courtyard, streets and graveyard (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Don Giovanni 4/4: Finale and Epilogue, Act Two: A dining room in Don Giovanni’s palace (audio only)

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