- Resident Artists
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2012
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera’s 2012/13 Season—Larger Than Life—gets into full swing with Mozart’s most powerful opera, Don Giovanni. A masterpiece by any standard, Don Giovanni opens November 2 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances November 4m, 8, 10, 2012. Tickets begin at $25.
The hero of Mozart and Da Ponte’s Don Giovanni has shocked, outraged and fascinated audiences since his first sighting in Prague a couple hundred years ago. Suave and maniacal, he is a seducer and murderer who answers to nothing but his drives and desires. Portland Opera’s production, originally created for New York City Opera in 2009 by Christopher Alden, was praised by The New York Times as “dark, erotic and vividly theatrical . . . striking, insightful.” Alden will restage his popular work here, unearthing the heart of this timeless, disturbing tale in a production that provides a fiercely dramatic and very satisfying evening in the theater.
“Mozart’s music is deeply human,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “The profound insight he creates is quite modern in its ability to speak to us in this day and age.” “I am particularly excited” he continued, “that this opera marks newly appointed Music Director George Manahan’s first time at the podium since the landmark announcement was made in September. With Christopher Alden’s inventive production and Maestro Manahan conducting, it will be a performance to remember.”
Mozart’s supreme masterwork, with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, is based on the legend of Don Juan. Don Giovanni is the story of the charismatic nobleman who seduces women for his own pleasure. But when he kills a father who is in the act of defending his daughter’s honor, the spirit of the deceased man confronts Giovanni in a scene of great moral retribution. When Giovanni refuses to repent, demons drags him to the underworld as punishment. Sung in Italian with projected English translations.
Making their Company debuts are: bass baritone DANIEL OKULITCH as Don Giovanni, bass JASON HARDY as Leporello, soprano STEFANIA DOVHAN as Donna Anna and bass HAROLD WILSON as the Commendatore.
As Don Giovanni, The New York Times said bass baritone DANIEL OKULITCH “sings with richness, vigor and subtle lyricism and brings a dark, brooding quality to the character.” New York Magazine said he “sings Giovanni with an irresistible bass-baritone that helps explain why women would be drawn to an oleaginous sociopath.” Opera News calls bass JASON HARDY “a commanding bass,” and the New York Post said “Hardy’s intense bass elevated the sidekick to tragic hero.” Alex Ross at The New Yorker said Ukranian-American soprano STEFANIA DOVHAN “revealed a hint of star quality as Donna Anna, her voice dark in timbre and expressively pointed.” New York Magazine called her “a soprano with a titanium voice and precision control.”
Returning to sing Donna Elvira is soprano MARY DUNLEAVY (Pamina in The Magic Flute, 2007; Adina in The Elixir of Love, 2002; Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, 1996). Opera News noted her “effortless, nuanced acting and flawless singing” and The New York Times called a performance “sensitive, vocally formidable and textured.” The Associated Press noted “her vibrant voice and lively acting.” Tenor JONATHAN BOYD (Soloist, BIG NIGHT Concert 2012; title role in Candide, 2012; Jacquino in Fidelio, 2008; Tamino in The Magic Flute, 2007; Sam in Street Scene, 2005) returns to sing Don Ottavio. The Huffington Post declared “tenor Jonathan Boyd is impressively smooth and refined in the role of Don Ottavio.” Mezzo soprano SANDRA PIQUES EDDY, (Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, 2010) has been praised by Opera News for her “dashing stage presence and bright expressive singing,” returns to sing Zerlina. Portland Opera Resident Artist, bass NICHOLAS NELSON, last seen in the BIG NIGHT Concert, Candide, and Galileo Galilei sings Masetto.
Portland Opera Music Director, Maestro GEORGE MANAHAN (BIG NIGHTConcert, 2012, 2011; The Barber of Seville 2010, Così fan tutte 2010, Rigoletto 2009, Rodelinda 2008, Macbeth 2006) returns to the podium. Of his conducting for New York City Opera, The New York Times said that “George Manahan conducted and got from his players the kind of heartfelt involvement unthinkable in the City Opera orchestra pit 20 years ago.” Also returning is stage director Christopher Alden (Turandot 2011, The Flying Dutchman 2007). In 2009 The New York Times declared “Mr. Alden’s production [Don Giovanni] shows that a bold concept . . . can chip away encrusted staging habits and revitalize a masterpiece.”
|Donna Elvira||Mary Dunleavy|
|Donna Anna||Stefania Dovhan*|
|Zerlina||Sandra Piques Eddy|
|Don Ottavio||Jonathan Boyd|
|Don Giovanni||Daniel Okulitch*|
|Stage Director||Christopher Alden|
|With the Portland Opera Chorus and Orchestra|
|†Portland Opera Resident Artist|
* Portland Opera Debut
|Musical excerpts, plot synopsis and detailed cast bios can be found here.|
|PERFORMANCES||November 2, 4m, 8, 10, 2012|
All performances begin at 7:30pm, with the exception of the 2:00pm matinee on November 4.
(Calendar Editors Kindly Note)
In its ongoing quest to make opera as accessible as possible, Portland Opera has a robust schedule of events designed to explore the many facets of Don Giovanni.
DON GIOVANNI PREVIEWS
Tune in to All Classical 89.9 fm for an in-depth preview of Don Giovanni:
10/25/12 "Northwest Previews," All Classical 89.9 fm, 6pm
10/27/12 "Saturday Matinee," All Classical 89.9 fm, 1pm
Enjoy a live, 50-mintue sneak peek of Don Giovanni:
10/28/12 Multnomah County Central Library, Collins Gallery, 2pm, Free
10/3012 Venetian Theatre, Hillsboro (253 E. Main St.), 7pm, Free
Join Manager of Education and Outreach Alexis Hamilton and Ralph Beaumont from the
Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute for a discussion on the history, philosophy, psychology and
art behind opera.
11/07/12 7:00pm | Sherman Clay Pianos | 131 NW 13th Ave. | Free
These free and informative sessions, led by Resident Historian and Lecturer Bob Kingston, focus on the music and history behind the evening’s opera in ways that make the evening’s performance even more satisfying.
1 hour prior to each performance | First Balcony Level. Free.
Immediately after each opera performance, audiences are invited to join General Director
Christopher Mattaliano and an interesting variety of guests that will include fresh-from-their-dressing-room performers, directors and conductors for a 20-30 minute Q&A.
Orchestra Level | Free
Fri. 11/02, Thurs. 11/08, Sat. 11/10 at 7:30pm | Sun. 11/04 at 2:00pm
Tickets, starting as low as $25.00, can be purchased:
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|6:00 RUSH:||Students/Military $10 per ticket, Seniors $20 per ticket, 1 hour prior to show only, all available unsold seats. 1 ticket per person, valid ID required|