|Met season continues:
'Don Giovanni' October 29
The 2011-12 season of the Met Opera Live in HD began Oct. 15 with a new production of Donizetti's "Anna Bolena." The season continues with another new production, Mozart's amazing "Don Giovanni," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport.
Mariusz Kwiecien (pictured) brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart’s timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award®-winning director Michael Grandage and with James Levine conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas, and John Relyea. Fabio Luisi conducts. Run time is approximately four hours with one intermission.
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) and individual opera hosts are proud to present this season. "Don Giovanni" is hosted by OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone – see the next column for more about her, and contact her to find out more about hosting an opera.
If you want more of the story, click here to visit the OCCA website and read a synopsis of "Don Giovanni" issued by the Met.
Tickets and information
Ticket prices are $20 for reserved general admission seating, $17 for seniors, and $10 for students. Casting for the performances is subject to change without notice; for the most current information, call the Newport Performing Arts Center box office at 888-701-7123 or 541-265-2787, or visit the Coast Arts website.
Next up: 'Satyagraha' at 10am Nov. 19
The Met’s visually extravagant production is back for an encore engagement of Phillip Glass's unforgettable opera "Satyagraha" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Richard Croft (left) once again is Gandhi in this historical account of his life, which the Washington Post calls “a profound and beautiful work of theater.” Run time is approximately four hours, with one intermission, and Juergen and Dianne Eckstein are your hosts.
|About your host
I have always been fascinated by the Don Juan story, whether it's George Bernard Shaw’s "Don Juan in Hell," featuring Charles Boyer and Agnes Moorhead, or Errol Flynn and Viveca Lindfors in the 1948 Warner Bros. Technicolor production "The Adventure of Don Juan," or Douglas Fairbanks Sr. who turned his charm on Merle Oberon in 1934’s "The Private Life of Don Juan," or the greatest of all screen lovers, John Barrymore, who worked his wiles on Mary Astor in the Warner Bros. 1926 epic "Don Juan." These are just a few of the many spin-offs on the Don Juan story. And who hasn’t read Lord Byron’s masterpiece poem of over 16,000 lines – or at least a few of its cantos?
Over the years, as for many of you, I have experienced this opera a number of times, even in English by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
But perhaps the most impressive Don Giovanni for me to date, since I have not yet seen the Met’s new production of Don Giovanni, is Joseph Losey’s 1979 landmark film, "Don Giovanni." He pulled together a great operatic cast including Ruggero Raimondi and Kiri Te Kanawa, with the Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Lorin Maazel. Losey created a new form: opera filmed exclusively on actual locations with the recititavi recorded live. I was enthralled and mesmerized by the marriage of opera and film.
A similar spectacular marriage of opera and camera exists in the Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts. When you are in the audience you have the advantage of multiple cameras at every angle, including the fourth wall when you see the audience from the stage.These vantage points are up-close-and-personal with details of orchestra, conductor, costumes and set, and the electrifying perspectives of the singers themselves. If you were at the Met in person, you would not see the details of the HD performances.
To hear the exciting direction “Maestro to the pit, maestro to the pit” fills me with anticipation as the overture begins and the curtain opens. As the Wall Street Journal said of the HD performances: “[You have] ... the best seat in the house.”
– Catherine Rickbone