Culture in Cinema: Don Giovanni Comes to La Scala
by Geoff Kelly - posted 9:54 am, December 5, 2011
In the infamous catalogue aria from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Don’s henchman, Leporello, lists the numbers of his master’s numerous conquests by country, and we learn that “In Italy, six hundred and forty” women have already succumbed to his charms.
Audience members in the Amherst Dipson Theatre for the opening night simulcast of Don Giovanni, from the magnificent Teatro alla Scala in Milan, at noon on Wednesday, December 7, will have the opportunity to see the Don once again add to that number, when Daniel Barenboim leads a performance of one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. Swedish opera star Peter Mattei, known for his performances in Mozart baritone roles, sings the title part, and Russian superstar soprano Anna Netrebko appears as Donna Anna. Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel sings the part of Leporello, Barbara Fritolli sings the role of Donna Elvira, while Anna Prohaska is the innocent Zerlina, with Stefan Kocan as her unlucky boyfriend, Masetto. The lavish production is directed by Robert Carsen and choreographed by Philippe Giraudeau. For those unable to make the simulcast, there is an encore performance on Monday, December 12, at 6pm.
The Amherst Theatre (3500 Main Street across from UB South Campus), has been specially upgraded to accommodate the Culture in Cinema series. Please visit: www.dipsontheatres.com.