Don Giovannia new stage production
starring the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
featuring the WNO Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie
and direction by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello
In Italian with Projected English Titles
For this season's showcase of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists, WNO presents a staged performance of Mozart's timeless drama.
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 lighthearted yet deadly serious musical masterpiece. With more than two thousand seductions behind him and no end in sight, the Don becomes increasingly reckless as he descends into excess and immorality. But when his unrepentant antics turn fatal, the women he has discarded seek revenge.
The cast will feature current and former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in all roles. Baritone Michael Adams
is the suave Don Giovanni, with bass-baritone Andrew Bogard
as his trusted wingman and servant Leporello.
Soprano Raquel González
is the mournful Donna Anna, while an alumna of the program, soprano Kerriann Otaño
, is the fiery Donna Elvira. Soprano Ariana Wehr
is the peasant bride Zerlina, and baritone Hunter Enoch
is her groom-to-be Masetto. Rounding out the cast are tenor Rexford Tester
as Donna Anna's patient fiancé Don Ottavio and Timothy J. Bruno
as the Commendatore, whose murder sets the opera in motion and drives it to a terrifying climax. Michael Christie
, music director of the Minnesota Opera, leads the WNO Orchestra in some of Mozart's most beautiful and memorable music. Christie will make his WNO debut earlier in the season leading the orchestra for Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking
. Assisting Christie with musical preparation will be two coach/accompanists in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Michael Sherman
and Paul Jarski.
Drawing audiences even further into the action with engaging set and costume design elements, the performance will be directed by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello
, whose mentoring of the young artists has long been a hallmark of the program.
Cast and Creative Team
Don Giovanni: Michael Adams ‡
Donna Anna: Raquel González ‡
Donna Elvira: Kerriann Otaño ±
Don Ottavio: Rexford Tester ‡
Leporello: Andrew Bogard ‡
Zerlina: Ariana Wehr ‡
Masetto: Hunter Enoch ‡
Commendatore: Timothy J. Bruno ‡
Conductor: Michael Christie
Director: Francesca Zambello
‡ Current member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
± Alumnus of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist ProgramPerformance Timing: Act One - 78 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act Two - 69 min.