Boston, MA — On April 24, Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) wraps its 2008-2009 «Spellbound» season with a brand new production of Mozart’s brilliant Don Giovanni. This repertoire favorite is repositioned in 1950’s Italy with costumes and staging created specifically for BLO. Additionally, it presents the original Prague edition of 1787, which differs from the Viennese version that most contemporary audiences recognize. Directed and designed by the highly acclaimed team of Tazewell Thomson, Donald Eastman, and Merrily Murray-Walsh, the opera stars Christopher Schaldenbrand who has made the title role his trademark. A unique preview event in Boston on April 5 sets the stage for this season’s closer.
Mozart’s timeless tale of the world’s most legendary lover, widely regarded as one of the greatest operas ever composed, is presented by BLO in partnership with New York City Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. The celebrated tragicomedy tells the tale of the famous womanizer who has one last chance to repent of his philandering ways. But when he adds murder and blasphemy to his lengthy list of sins, human and supernatural forces combine to exact an eerie punishment and avenge his thousands of conquests (2,065 to be exact).
Evening performances are on April 24, 29, May 1 and 5 at 7:30pm; Sunday matinees are on April 26 and May 3 at 3pm. Run time is approximately three hours. Don Giovanni is sung in Italian with projected English translations. All performances are at the Citi Performing Arts CenterSM Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont Street in Boston’s Theatre District.
A Unique Day of Reckoning: Sunday, April 5, 11:30am-2pm
BLO presents an innovative preview of the opera with a mock «trial» of Don Giovanni himself!
Don Giovanni will appear at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston to face charges of deception, betrayal and murder. Emily Zalesky Lockhart, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, will prosecute the Don before Massachusetts Division of Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burnes. Attorney Sarah E. Ashby with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and a member of BLO’s BRAVO! Advisory Group for young professionals will defend him against his accusers, Donna Elvira and Donna Anna. The Don’s faithful sidekick Leporello testifies. A light lunch is included. Tickets are $150. Those interested in applying for «juror positions» or observing the «trial» must r.s.v.p. by April 1 to Kelly Teer at 617.542.4912 x229 or email@example.com.
A Night of Enlightenment: Tuesday, April 14, 7-8pm
Find out if Don Giovanni was based on fact or fiction at our free Tuesday Night at the Opera
Free one-hour presentation for opera newcomers and opera lovers with a mini-performance at the Rabb Auditorium in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Thomas F. Connolly, Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University, explores the character and the legend of Don Juan who was the inspiration for Don Giovanni. Find out which lover cut a wider swath of seduction and whether there really was a Don Juan! For more information, call 617.542.4912 x242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Single tickets start at $33 and are sold exclusively at 866.348.9738 (TTY 888.889.8587), citicenter.org, or in person at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office, 270 Tremont Street in Boston.
- Discounts are available to groups of ten or more by calling Aud