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Don Giovanni

Oct. 18 - Nov. 1, 2014

Overview

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

MAN, MYTH, OR MONSTER? Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece.


In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours 20 minutes with 1 intermission

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Synopsis

Long Story Short
Bad boy acts badly, then gets punished.

Who's Who?
The Commendatore is a retired old army general. 
Donna Anna, the Commendatore’s daughter, is a proud, beautiful noblewoman who has problems with men.
Don Ottavio is Donna Anna’s fiancé. He’s great at doubting, dreaming, and hesitating, but not much for taking decisive action.
Don Giovanni is a wealthy nobleman who adores women and their bodies but has little interest in human relationships. He is handsome, charming, bold, clever, fearless, and incredibly sexy; and at the same time he’s a brute, a liar, and a killer. 
Donna Elvira is a noblewoman of staunch religiosity whose love for God is only surpassed by her mad passion for Don Giovanni. Before the opera begins, he promised to marry her, slept with her, and then left town; so in the opera she pursues him with single-minded fury, hoping to get him to return to her, or, failing that, to spoil his attempts to be with any other women. 
Zerlina is an attractive peasant girl who catches Don Giovanni’s eye. She is a lot more practical about sex and emotions than Donna Anna or Donna Elvira, and is probably a bit happier than either of them as a result.
Masetto is a big, dumb peasant guy who wants to marry Zerlina. 
Leporello is Don Giovanni’s servant. A whiner, coward, and buffoon, Leporello is continually bullied and abused by Giovanni—yet he never leaves the master he loves and hates. He says he disapproves of the way Giovanni treats women, but he obviously admires and respects Giovanni as well.

Where and When? 
Technically Seville, in the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries; but really Don Giovanni is a myth that takes place at all times and places. 

What's Going On?
The subtitle of this opera tells you just about everything you need to know: Il dissoluto punito (The Dissolute Man Punished). There’s this guy, Don Giovanni, who’s dissolute, and he gets punished.

More specifically, the opera chronicles the final twenty-four hours of this notorious libertine’s wicked life. It begins in the middle of the night, as he is trying to escape from Donna Anna’s bedroom after either seducing or raping her (or attempting to do one of the above; the bedroom is offstage, so no one really knows what happened in there). Anna’s father, the Commendatore, challenges Don Giovanni to a duel, and Giovanni kills him. Anna forces her fiancé Don Ottavio to swear an oath that he will avenge the murdered Commendatore.

That afternoon, Giovanni is attempting to escape from the clingy Donna Elvira, who thinks she’s married to him, when he stumbles upon the wedding of Zerlina and Masetto. He invites them and their friends to a feast at his palace, that evening, where he attempts to rape Zerlina. Ottavio, Anna, and Elvira, who have joined the party wearing masks, protect her and confront Giovanni; but he manages to give them all the slip.

Giovanni continues playing pranks on people all night long, until he and Leporello happen upon the statue of the Commendatore out in the cemetery. Audaciously Giovanni invites the statue to join him for a very late dinner, and the statue says it will come. At dinner the statue offers Giovanni a last chance to repent. He refuses, and gets dragged down to hell. All the other characters rejoice at Giovanni’s fitting punishment.

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Cast

Nicolas Cavallier

Don Giovanni

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Nancy, France
Seattle Opera Debut: Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro (’09)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Quichotte, Don Quichotte (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Quichotte, Don Quichotte (’11)
Recently: Orest, Elektra (Opera de Marseille); Frère Laurent, Roméo et Juliette (Teatro alla Scala); Baldassare, La favorite (Theatre des Champs-Elysées)
Upcoming: Marquis de la Force, Dialogues des Carmélites (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie); Count Walter, Guillaume Tell (Opéra de Monte-Carlo); Arkel, Pelléas et Mélisande (Opéra National de Paris)

Last updated: October 2014

Nicolas Cavallier

Don Giovanni

Oct. 18, 22, 25, 29 & Nov. 1

Mark Walters

Don Giovanni

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Father, Hansel and Gretel

Hometown: Jacksonville, NC 
Seattle Opera Debut: Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni (’14)
Recently: Mark Torrance, The Shining (Minnesota Opera); Scarpia, Tosca (Minnesota Opera); Germont, La traviata (Finger Lakes Opera)
Upcoming: Soloist, Messiah (Handel Oratorio Society); Scarpia, Tosca (Opera Tampa)

Last updated: October 2016

Mark Walters

Don Giovanni

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 19 & 31

Erin Wall

Donna Anna

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Donna Anna, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (Vancouver Opera); Arabella, Arabella (Metropolitan Opera); Anna Sorensen, Silent Night (Cincinnati Opera)
Upcoming: Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (Bayerische Staatsoper); Anna Sorensen, Silent Night (Lyric Opera of Kansas City)

Last updated: October 2014

Erin Wall

Donna Anna

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 18, 22, 25, 29 & Nov. 1

Alexandra LoBianco

Donna Anna

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Aida, Aida

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Seattle Opera Debut: Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (’14)
Recently: Prima Donna/Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos (Austin Opera); Turandot, Turandot (Des Moines Metro Opera); Helmwige, Die Walküre (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: Tosca, Tosca (North Carolina Opera); Soloist, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Madison Symphony Orchestra)

Last updated: May 2018

 

Alexandra LoBianco

Donna Anna

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 19 & 31

Elizabeth Caballero

Donna Elvira

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Governess, The Turn of the Screw

Hometown: Havana, Cuba 
Seattle Opera Debut: Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro (’09)  
Previously at Seattle Opera: Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (’15); Mimì, La bohème (’13)
Recently:  Florencia, Florencia en el Amazonas (Madison Opera); Mimì, La bohème (Metropolitan Opera); Violetta, La traviata (Compania Lirica Nacional de Costa Rica)
Upcoming: Florencia, Florencia en el Amazonas (Pensacola Opera); Mimì, La bohème (Austin Opera); Violetta, La traviata (Opera Grand Rapids)

Last updated: August 2018

Elizabeth Caballero

Donna Elvira

Oct. 18, 19, 22, 25, 29, 31 & Nov. 1

Lawrence Brownlee

Don Ottavio

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory, Count Ory

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Young Artist ’01, '02
Artist of the Year: Arturo, I puritani (’08)
Seattle Opera Debut: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (’03)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (’14); Tonio, La fille du régiment ('13); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (’11)
Recently: Umberto, (La donna del Lago), (Metropolitan Opera); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Opéra national de Paris); Arturo, I puritani, (Opernhaus Zürich
Upcoming: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (San Francisco Opera); Idreno, Semiramide (Bayerische Staatsoper); Belmonte, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Houston Grand Opera)

Last updated: July 2016

Lawrence Brownlee

Don Ottavio

Oct. 18, 22, 25, 29 & Nov. 1

Randall Bills

Don Ottavio

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Tamino, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Fresno, California
Seattle Opera Debut: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (’14)
Recently: Tamino, The Magic Flute (New Zealand Opera); Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Theater Chemnitz); Léopold, La juive (Nationaltheater Mannheim)
Upcoming: Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Theater Wielki Poznań)

Last updated: April 2017

Randall Bills

Don Ottavio

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 19 & 31

Erik Anstine

Leporello

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Leporello, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Eugene, OR
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2009/10; 2010/11
Seattle Opera Debut: Second Priest, Die Zauberflöte (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Coroner, Porgy and Bess (’11)
Recently: Nightwatchman, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Melisso, Alcina; Masetto, Don Giovanni (Zurich Opera) 
Upcoming: Lorenzo, I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Truffaldino, Ariadne auf Naxos (Zurich Opera); Antonio, Le nozze di Figaro (Salzburg Festival)

Last updated: October 2014

Erik Anstine

Leporello

Oct. 18, 22, 25, 29 & Nov. 1

Ashraf Sewailam

Leporello

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Leporello, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Seattle Opera Debut: Colline, La bohème (’07)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Mandarin, Turandot (’12); Pistola, Falstaff (’10)
Recently: Pooh-bah, The Mikado (Opera Memphis); Tom, Un ballo in maschera (San Diego Opera); Beethoven/Commendatore, The Classical Style (Ojai Music Festival)
Upcoming:  Alidoro, La Cenerentola (New Zealand Opera); King, Aida (Opera Colorado)



Last updated: October 2014

Ashraf Sewailam

Leporello

Oct. 19 & 31

Cecelia Hall

Zerlina

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Zerlina, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Durham, NC
Seattle Opera Debut: Wellgunde/Rossweisse, Der Ring des Nibelungen (’13)
Recently: Annio, La clemenza di Tito (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Page, Salome (Philadelphia Orchestra); Zaida, Il turco in Italia (Aix-en-Provence Festival)
Upcoming: Javotte, Manon (Metropolitan Opera); Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Canadian Opera Company); Don Ramiro, La finta giardiniera (Santa Fe Opera)


Last updated: October 2014

Cecelia Hall

Zerlina

Oct. 18, 19, 22, 25, 29, 31 & Nov. 1

Jordan Bisch

Commendatore

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Commendatore, Don Giovanni

Seattle Opera Debut: Father/Daedalus, Amelia (’10)
Recently: Un frate, Don Carlos (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse); Sarastro, Die Zauberflöte (Washington National Opera, Philadelphia Opera Company, Florida Grand Opera) 
Upcoming: Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor (New Orleans Opera); Bertrand, Iolanta (Dallas Opera)


Updated: October 2014

Jordan Bisch

Commendatore

Oct. 18, 19, 22, 25, 29, 31 & Nov. 1

Evan Boyer

Masetto

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Masetto, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Louisvile, KY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Samuel, Un ballo in maschera (Canadian Opera Company); Sarastro, Die Zauberflöte (Los Angeles Opera); Lodovico, Otello (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: Colline, La bohème (Palm Beach Opera); Armchair/Tree, L’enfant et les sortilèges (Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Festival); Mozart Requiem (Dallas Symphony)

Last updated: October 2014

Evan Boyer

Masetto

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 18, 19, 22, 25, 29, 31 & Nov. 1

Cast

Creative Team

Gary Thor Wedow

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: The Marriage of Figaro

Conductor (LaPorte, IN)
Seattle Opera Debut: Giulio Cesare (’07)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Semele (’15), Don Giovanni (’14); La voix humaine/Suor Angelica (’13)
Faculty, The Juilliard School of Music
Recently
: Messiah (St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys); Concerts (Alabama Symphony Orchestra); Don Giovanni (Lyric Opera of Kansas City)
Upcoming: The Marriage of Figaro (Utah Opera); Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Berlioz version (Des Moines Opera Festival); Dvořák Requiem (Berkshire Choral Festival)

Last Updated: January 2016

Gary Thor Wedow

Conductor

Chris Alexander

Stage Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Magic Flute

Hometown: Provo, UT
Seattle Opera Debut: Boris Godunov (’00)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos  (’15); Don Giovanni (’14); The Tales of Hoffmann  (’14)
Recently: Peter Grimes (Indiana University Opera); La bohème (Staatsoper Hannover); The Abduction from the Seraglio (Atlanta Opera)

Last updated: April 2017

Chris Alexander

Stage Director

Robert A. Dahlstrom

Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: The Turn of the Screw

Hometown: Billings, MT
Seattle Opera Debut: The Ballad of Baby Doe (’84)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Beatrice and Benedict (’18); The Magic Flute (’17); Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Don Giovanni (’14); The Tales of Hoffmann (’14)
Recently: Fidelio (Cincinnati Opera); Bloomsday (ACT Theatre)
Upcoming: Rigoletto (L’Opéra de Montréal)

Last updated: August 2018

Robert A. Dahlstrom

Set Designer

Marie-Therese Cramer

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2013/14: Les contes d'Hoffmann
At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Don Giovanni

Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut: Les contes d’Hoffmann (’05)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Les contes d'Hoffmann (’14); Don Giovanni (’07)
Recent: Anna Karenina (Oper Halle); La bohème (Staatsoper Hannover); Die Zauberflöte (Theater Bremen)
Upcoming: Pope Joan (Hamburg)

Last updated: October 2014

Marie-Therese Cramer

Costume Designer

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory and The Magic Flute

Hometown: Elkhart Lake, WI
Seattle Opera Debut: Norma (’94)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Count Ory (’16); The Marriage of Figaro (’16); Nabucco (’15) 
Recently: Beatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne); Don Pasquale (San Francisco Opera); Norma (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: Die Fledermaus (Santa Fe Opera); Faust (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Cendrillon (Metropolitan Opera)

Last Updated: April 2017

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

Joyce Degenfelder

Hair and Makeup Designer

Hair and Makeup Designer (Los Angeles, CA)

Joyce Degenfelder’s association with Seattle Opera began in 1992 with The Ballad of Baby Doe. In 2003, Degenfelder made her Seattle Opera design debut with Parsifal, and ever since she has designed makeup and wigs for all of Seattle Opera’s productions. In addition to her work with Seattle Opera, she is also wig master for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and ACT Theater. Her work has been seen around the country including Seattle Children’s Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Alaska Repertory Theatre, and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Read our interview with Joyce Degenfelder HERE.

Last Updated: October 2015

Joyce Degenfelder

Hair and Makeup Designer

Jonathan Dean

English Captions

Hometown: Okemos, MI
Seattle Opera Debut: Le nozze di Figaro ('97)
In-House Dramaturg for Seattle Opera
Previously at Seattle Opera:
English Captions Titlist (from Carmen '95 to Carmen '04); pre-performance lecturer (from Lohengrin '04 through Amelia '10); creator of the children’s operas Theft of the Gold and Siegfried and the Ring of Fire

Jonathan Dean

English Captions

Creative Team

Orchestra, Chorus, & Additional Artists

Orchestra

Violin I
Simon James, Concertmaster
Evan Anderson
Jennifer Bai, Assistant Concertmaster
Mariel Bailey
Adriana Hulscher
Michael Lim
Clark Story
John Weller

Violin II
Michael Miropolsky, Principal
Stephen Bryant
Linda Cole
Xiao-po Fei, Assistant Principal
Sande Gillette
Artur Girsky

Viola
Susan Gulkis Assadi, Principal
Mara Gearman, Assistant Principal
Wesley Dyring
Joe Gottesman
Sayako Kokubo
Julie Whitton

Cello
Eric Han, Principal
Theresa Benshoof, Assistant Principal
Bruce Bailey
Hélène Ferret-Kaufman

Bass
Joseph Kaufman, Principal
Travis Gore, Assistant Principal

Flute
Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby, Principal
Robin Peery

Oboe
Winnie Cengwen Lai, Principal
Stefan Farkas

Clarinet
Ben Lulich, Principal
Laura DeLuca

Bassoon
Seth Krimsky, Principal
Michael Gamburg

French Horn
Mark Robbins, Principal
Cara Kizer

Trumpet
David Gordon, Principal
Vince Green

Trombone
Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Principal
David Ritt
Steve Fissel

Timpani
Michael Crusoe, Principal

Harpsichord
Gary Thor Wedow

Personnel Manager
Scott Wilson

Assistant Personnel Manager
Keith Higgins

Rotating members of the string section are listed alphabetically. The Orchestra is composed of members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

 

Off Stage Banda

Solo Violin
Brittany Boulding Breeden
Cordula Merks

Violin
Arthur Zadinsky
Natasha Bazhanov

Viola
Laura Renz

Cello
Roberta Downey
Chuck Jacot
Rowena Hammill

Bass
Todd Larsen
Matt McGrath
Nathan Farrington

Oboe
Dan Williams
Shannon Spicciati

Clarinet
Larey McDaniel
Jennifer Nelson

Bassoon
Paul Rafanelli
Steven Morgan

French Horn
Rodger Burnett
Matthew Berliner

Trombone
Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Principal
David Ritt
Steve Fissel

Mandolin
Michael Partington

 

Chorus

Soprano
Donna Baldwin
Jennifer Bromagen
Emily Clubb
Karen Early-Evans
Mary McLaughlin
Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox

Mezzo
Laura Eichelberger
YeonSoo Lee
Melissa Plagemann
Lucy Weber

Tenor
Nathan Barnes
Jon Farmer
Tim Janecke
Joshua Quesada
George Scott

Bass/Baritone
Dan Aarthun
Michael Dunlap
Dierre Lopez
Misha Myznikov
Brett Youngquist

Dancers

Roxanne Foster, Dance Captain
Jesse Buckingham
Rickey Klein
Elizabeth Voiles

Actors

Justin Alley
Rosetta Greek
Shawn Kavon
Neil McLaughlin
T.J. Mustard

Supernumeraries

Luther M. Hintz, Supernumerary Captain
Diane Abbey
Allan Armstrong
David Hsieh
Jaime Jamison
Sarah T. Kaplan
Robert Pillitteri
Alexandra Webb

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