- $27.50 for one ticket to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Don Giovanni (up to $52 value)
- When: Tuesday, September 16, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
- Seating: main floor, premium orchestra
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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.
In this special season-opening performance, the members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will not be assuming their usual seats on the stage. Instead, they’ll serve as the pit orchestra as an international cast of singers enact Mozart’s stately opera. The musicians’ placement is intended to echo the theatrical layouts of the composer’s own time, though the English supertitles shown above the action are a decidedly modern touch. Though this particular Don Giovanni eschews full costumes or sets, LA-based designer and visual artist James Darrah will bring some key visual choices to the production.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Great symphony orchestras can breathe new life into centuries-old works of art, but few can excel in looking to the future as well. For more than half a century, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has done just that, enriching its community while drawing upon innovative technologies to reach listeners across the country. Its nationally syndicated radio broadcast, for instance, has filled the airwaves for more than four decades, transmitting the sounds of the MSO’s 83 musicians to some 3.8 million listeners and their 7.6 million pets. The the orchestra also became the county’s first to offer live recordings for download through iTunes. But it’s not all internet and radio-play here—the MSO’s pioneering spirit extends into its music, where it has premiered works by composers such as Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra, and Marc Neikrug.