|Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (center), surrounded by his romantic conquests, sings the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This classic opera encore will be screened in high definition at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Thur., June 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. (Photo: Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera)|
FREDONIA, N.Y. – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen Mozart’s classic opera Don Giovanni as part of its Live at the Met Summer Encore Series on Thur., June 28, at 6:30 p.m.
“We’re very excited to be presenting encore broadcasts of six of the Metropolitan Opera’s classic Live in HD transmissions,” says Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis. “These six summer operas offer a great way for opera buffs to relive some of the Met’s best-loved productions from the past few seasons. They also provide a great way for people who don’t know how they feel about opera to give the genre a try.”
In Don Giovanni, the Met’s Principal Conductor, Fabio Luisi, conducts Mozart’s tale of lust, heartbreak, and revenge, with Mariusz Kwiecien in his first Met performances of the iconic title role. Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage made his Met debut with this production that stars an international cast of acclaimed Mozart singers including: Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna, Mojca Erdmann as the innocent peasant girl Zerlina, Barbara Frittoli as the fiery Donna Elvira, Ramón Vargas as Don Ottavio, Luca Pisaroni as Giovanni’s manservant Leporello, Joshua Bloom as Masetto and Štefan Kocán as the vengeful Commendatore.
|Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien sings the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This classic opera encore will be screened in high definition at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Thur., June 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. (Photo: Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera)|
Charismatic young baritone Kwiecien sings the role of Don Giovanni (Don Juan), literature’s greatest – and most prolific – lover. An injury during the dress rehearsal for this production nearly cost Kwiecien the chance at this legendary role. But following emergency back surgery, he returned to the production – which was originally transmitted in October 2011 – and received critical praise for his performance.
The opera contains many of Mozart’s greatest arias and duets, including “La ci darem la mano,” “Madamina, il catalogo è questa,” “Fin ch'han dal vino,” “Non mi dir,” and “Mi tradi quell’alma ingrata.”
Live at the Met live opera broadcasts and Summer Encores screenings are made possible by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, who funded the purchase of the satellite transmission and projection equipment used in the series. Support for the series also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.
Tickets to the Live at the Met Summer Encores Series operas are $15 and are available in advance by calling 716-679-1891 or visiting the Box Office Tuesday – Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org. The Live at the Met Encore Series continues with Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffman on July 12; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor on July 19; and Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier on July 26.
Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.