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DON GIOVANNI: ESSENTIAL OPERA
February 27, 2021
Don Giovanni: Essential Opera

Presented by the Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation

Music by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Libretto by LORENZO DA PONTE
in Italian with English surtitles

DAYTON OPERA
THOMAS BANKSTON Artistic Director
GARY BRIGGLE Stage Director

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
NEAL GITTLEMAN Artistic Director and Conductor

NORMAN GARRETT baritone – Giovanni, a playboy
KARA SHAY THOMSON soprano – Anna, an heiress
KASIA BOROWIEC soprano – Elvira, a former nun
JOSHUA WHEEKER tenor – Ottavio, Anna’s fiancé
NATHAN STARK bass – Leporello, Giovanni’s valet
HAROLD WILSON bass – The Commander, Anna’s father
OLIVIA YOKERS soprano – Zerlina, a new bride
ANDRÉ CHIANG baritone – Masetto, Zerlina’s husband

Don Giovanni: Essential Opera presents this essential work of the opera repertory in a way that responds to the needs of our current times and to our artists and audience. The performance will focus on the essence of the music and drama in an abridged, 90-minute production (with no intermission) that captures all of Mozart’s greatness in an exciting and 21st century way. This compact format will adhere to social distancing and other health parameters for a welcomed and safe experience for both our artists and audience.

Don Giovanni is one of opera’s most compelling anti-heroes. Based on legends of the infamous Don Juan, the tale follows the title character through seduction, deception, ominous foreshadowing, and irreverent reveling, all the way to a hair-raising ending where things get a little “heated,” and our rapscallion gets his just rewards! It’s no wonder that Don Giovanni is one of Mozart’s supreme musical achievements and is considered one of the greatest operas of all time.

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