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Don Giovanni

Mozart And Music Central Characters For Visitors To Salzburg

Christine Negroni | Posted 07.01.2016 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Tom Hook, the New Orleans jazz pianist sitting next to me at the Mozart dinner concert my last night in Salzburg explained his presence at the event w...

A Profile of Mariusz Kwiecień - Now at SF Opera Through 6/29

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.20.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

For me, David Gockley's greatest asset - even before his thirty-three year tenure (1972-2005) as General Director of Houston Grand Opera - was his experience as an opera student, as a baritone - at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Straight to Hell, But in a Good Way

Glen Roven | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

It's good to know that in these dark economic times, when major companies fold quicker than you can say "finalmente," and sparkling younger companies disappear without so much as an "addio,' the art survives, somewhere, somehow.

In Conversation with Tenor Paul Appleby - A Smart Debut at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.11.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera presents designer Jun Kaneko's extraordinary production of Mozart's The Magic Flute now through November 20. Tenor Paul Appleby ma...

Baritone Efraín Solís on 'Papageno' -- Now at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.23.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's revival of designer Jun Kaneko's The Magic Flute is simply the best show in town.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

A Conversation with Lucas Meachem -- San Francisco Opera's Barber of Seville

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Conducted by Giuseppe Finzi and directed by Emilio Sagi, the production is a fine blend of Commedia dell'Arte Lite and drawing room humor played outside.

Truth to the Music: An Interview with Trevor Pinnock

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 03.09.2013 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

By trying to create a sound that was true to the composer's original intentions, these musicians had created something entirely new.

Did This Opera Ad Go Too Far?

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.08.2012 | Arts

Channeling a double entendre that is sure to please frat boys near and far, the English National Opera (ENO) recently released an advertisement readin...

The Met Season Analysis Part 2: What to Expect From November to December

Opera Teen | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Opera Teen

Opera Teen has returned with what to expect from the Met from November to December. Please sit back, relax, and enjoy the show(s), and the Met's new television spot.

Lessons From a Land Hurricane

Kim Witman | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

In October 1787, the premiere of Don Giovanni was postponed twice due to unprepared performers and tough rehearsal scheduling (according to Mozart.) In July 2012, Wolf Trap Opera's opening of Don Giovanni was postponed twice due to a land hurricane.

Opera Shortstop

Kim Witman | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

Baseball metaphors abound in popular culture -- curveball, home run, strikeout. Those kinds of references pretty much exhaust what I know about the sport, but this baseball novel has struck a chord.

2012: Don Giovanni, Almost A Space Odyssey (PHOTOS)

Jessica Robin Trent | Posted 06.04.2012 | Arts
Jessica Robin Trent


Into the Mouth of the Wolf

Kim Witman | Posted 07.31.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

The act of performing music, theatre or dance is anything but random, as it requires hours, years, decades of polishing a craft and internalizing skills. But when the rubber meets the road, it's just you and your wits alone onstage, delivering whatever you've got in real time.

Context Is Everything

Kim Witman | Posted 05.25.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

Two cities, two premieres, and two very different sets of public opinion. Is either one right? Wrong?

Casanova and Giovanni

Kim Witman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

Casanova was a friend of Lorenzo da Ponte, the man who wrote the words to Mozart's Don Giovanni. Casanova, Lorenza da Ponte, and Don Giovanni. A frighteningly powerful intersection of virility, machismo and hubris.

Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Kim Witman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

We had two perfect Don Giovannis and two ideal Leporellos. And they were both embodied by the same two guys. So we did what any sane and fair-minded casting company would do: give both gentlemen both roles and have them sing opposite one another in alternating performances.

The Don Juan Mirror

Kim Witman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

It seems that when we look at Don Giovanni, what we see are our own cultural obsessions peering back at us. In the late 20th century, we began to see Giovanni increasingly as a man in existential crisis.

Culture With a Side of Popcorn

Tom Teicholz | Posted 06.20.2012 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

One could do worse than to abide by these resolutions: Be lazy. Stay local. Be frugal -- see theater, opera and ballet in HD. Be lazy. Stay local. Be frugal. Travel the world without ever leaving home -- see theater, opera and ballet in HD.

From Page to Stage: Don Giovanni

Kim Witman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

Don Giovanni was a womanizer -- one beside whom Don Draper would pale. But it was not this Don's philandering, but the way in which he held himself above God and all morality that shocked Mozart's audiences most.

Is Sharing a Good Thing After All?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is no doubt that sharing productions allows an opera company to show more new works than when every company builds each of its own productions. But is something lost in this endeavor? I think so.

Two Operas You'll Never See Performed at the Met!

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether deploying a chorus line of Ku Klux Klansmen, mocking every symbol of Christianity, or filling the theatre with nonstop profanity, Jerry Springer:The Opera has something to offend everyone.

STREAMING LIVE NOW: Glyndebourne Opera Festival Streams Straight To Your Computer

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Being unable to attend the Glyndebourne Opera Festival can be counted among life's chief disappointments. Now, thanks to MediciTV, you can do your be...

If This is Monday and Opera in Central Park, Why the Microphones?

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

My question, then, is: Whom are the presenters doing a favor by offering these recitals? Opera lovers will know they aren't hearing singing done under the proper conditions.