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Don Giovanni

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Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Smith Opera House
Geneva Light Opera Presents

Be seduced by Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni on stage this July at the Smith Opera House.

Geneva Light Opera presents its summer production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operatic masterpiece “Don Giovanni” – the story of an arrogant seducer who pays the ultimate price for his epic lust. Conducted by James Blachly and directed by Philip Lauriat, the production of Mozart’s brilliant and memorable score, will be sung in Italian with English dialogue, and with projected supertitles. A 15-piece chamber orchestra will accompany the production.

Whether it’s an act of lust or of violence, Don Giovanni does whatever he wants, to whomever he pleases. And you might be surprised by how much his angst and unrest resonates in this hypnotic tale of a man who refuses to change, no matter the consequences. He is the quintessential rake — a womanizer with a list of amorous conquests so long that his right-hand man needs an entire aria to outline it. His name is Don Juan or, in Mozart’s musical version, Don Giovanni.

Mozart’s opera is a comedy, and it has any number of uproarious moments. But there’s more to “Don Giovanni” than just a series of laughs, just as the notorious Don is more than just an unprincipled ladies’ man. The opera’s comic element is driven by Giovanni’s schemes and hijinks. But Lorenzo da Ponte’s libretto and Mozart’s matchless music ensure that the dire consequences of those schemes are as evident as their humor. The result is a disturbing ambiguity that’s at the core of Mozart’s masterpiece. The Don’s personality is so beguiling that audiences actually tend to root for him, even as his dark side becomes more obvious. But when he eventually is swept into hell-fire, it’s hard to blame his enemies for rejoicing.

Don Giovanni is a brilliant combination of stark human tragedy and touching comedy, set to music of limitless genius.

The cast of outstanding singers features bass baritone Jimi James in the title role and bass Valerian Ruminski as the Commendatore—the stone statue who arrives as Giovanni’s dinner guest. Bass baritone Adelmo Guidarelli sings the role Giovanni’s servant Leporello, with sopranos Alexis Cregger as Donna Anne and Zhanna Alkhazova as Donna Elvira, tenor Bray Wilkins as Don Ottavio, and mezzo soprano Sarah Nordin and bass Nicholas Kilkenny as the charming peasants Zerlina and Masetto.

Tickets are $35 general admission, $20 for college students and senior citizens; children in grades k-12 are admitted free of charge.

Tickets:$35 General Admisison; $20 college students/Seniors; children grades K-12 are FREE