Don Giovanni opens on June 2 in the
Music Center Recital Hall
Don Juan, the legendary Spanish rogue and seducer, did get
around in his day. Now the Don is coming to UCSC when the Music
Department presents Mozart's Italian-language opera Don Giovanni,
beginning on June 2 in the Music Center Recital Hall.
Student performers Aleksey Bogdanov (Don Giovanni) and
Sheila Willey (Donna Anna)
Photo: Steve DiBartolomeo
Considered by many to be Mozart's finest opera, Don Giovanni
is a successful combination of comic and dramatic opera. The
work begins as Don Giovanni is leaving the bedroom of his latest
conquest and ends with his descent into hell.
Don Giovanni features the artistic efforts of an array
of participants in addition to student performers: music lecturer
Brian Staufenbiel directs; music professor Nicole Paiement conducts
the UCSC Orchestra; lighting design is by Sylvie Vray; scenic
design is by Legend Theatrical; costume design is by Marti Kranak;
and wigs and makeup are by Jeanne Hurd. The opera will be sung
in Italian with English supertitles.
John Dizikes, professor emeritus and author of Opera in
America, will present a preperformance talk before the final
matinee performance on Sunday, June 5. The talk begins at 1:10
p.m. in the Music Center Recital Hall.
Don Giovanni plays Thursday through Sunday, June 2-5
in the Music Center Recital Hall. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday's performance is at 2
p.m. Tickets are $18 general, $14 seniors, and $10 students.
Seating is reserved. Tickets for the performance and the Dizikes
talk are on sale at the UCSC Ticket Office (831) 459-2159.
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