What more could you want in an opera? Sex, lies, intrigue, retribution and seduction. It's the raucous story of literature's Don Juan, the legendary lover and scoundrel who seduces women and eludes his enemies before getting his final comeuppance.
The Sierra Lyric Opera Studio will present a concert version of Mozart's masterpiece, "Don Giovanni," in two performances, Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. in Marlette Hall at Western Nevada Community College's Carson City campus, 2201 West College Parkway.
Mozart rarely composed a score that so abounded in swift contrasts of mood, ranging from gentle love duets to sinister fulminations of divine retribution. These diverse qualities, in combination with some of the most ravishingly beautiful vocal arias and ensembles ever written, are brilliantly fused in a work that is rightly regarded as one of the greatest operas of all time.
The title role is played by Benjamin Pratt. Other principals include Maria Arrigotti as the fiery Elvira, Richard Haines as Giovanni's unwilling servant Leporello, Andie Anderson as the avenging Anna, Erik Eliason as her heroic betrothed, and Kelly Bevel as the earthy Zerlina. Completing the principal cast are Gerald Heston as Masetto and Michael Gerber as the Commendatore. Karen Chandler narrates, with piano accompaniment by Susan Olenwine.
The Sierra Lyric Opera Studio is the performing company of the Gary Aldrich Vocal Studios in Reno. All the singers in this performance are members of the studio.
The rise and fall of one of the most fascinating characters in literature comes to life through the witty text of Lorenzo da Ponte and the brilliant music of Mozart — a cascade of stunning arias, duets, ensembles and choruses — simply some of the most beautiful music ever composed for the operatic stage.
"Don Giovanni," presented here in concert form, has only a limited number of seats available, so reservations are recommended. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased by phone at 775-445-4249 or in person from the Performing Arts office at Western Nevada Community College.
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