* $17 for one ticket to Don Giovanni (up to $35 value) * Where: Brook Arts Center * Seating: general admission * Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
A ladykiller like no other, Don Giovanni aims to add the women of Seville to his 2,000 conquests, starting with the inconveniently engaged Donna Anna. But when the rake is discovered sneaking into her bedroom, he ends up killing Donna Anna’s father, the Commendatore, in a duel. This murder sets off a series of escalating disasters, among them a scorned lover who arrives bent on revenge and a naïve peasant girl who catches the Don’s eye on the day of her wedding. When Don Giovanni seals his fate by inviting the statue above the murdered Commendatore’s grave to dinner—an invitation the statue accepts—the antihero’s lascivious ways may have greater repercussions than just a continent-spanning trail of broken hearts.
Mozart’s operatic masterpiece oscillates in tone between comic opera buffa and darkest tragedy. As Donna Elvira pleads with beleaguered manservant Leporello for a reason for the Don’s infidelity, the baritone taunts her with the playful Madamina, il catalogo è questo, recounting all of Giovanni’s conquests. Such moments stand in stark contrast to the opera’s thundering climax, when the Commendatore arrives to dinner with a retinue of demons and basso profundo threats of divine wrath. No one embodies this dichotomy better than the Don himself, who can turn on the charm with a sweet mandolin serenade like Deh! Vieni alla finestra, then savagely assault a hapless fiancé a few moments later.