UNLV Opera Theater, in conjunction with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, provides Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in the Judy Bayley Theatre March 16-18. David Ward is guest director, with Wes Kenney as guest conductor. Students from the Entertainment Engineering & & Design program are constructing the set.
In this modern take on the timeless story, Don Giovanni is the most effective guy in Hollywood. He rules the film industry, however seems guilty of sexual assault, potentially even rape – raising the problem of sexual harassment and abuse in present day Hollywood using Mozart’s 18th century operatic work of art. Don Giovanni abuses three ladies: Donna Anna, a ruling film star; Donna Elvira, a woman he promised to marry; and Zerlina, a young starlet searching for her first huge break. Beginning with the death of Donna Anna’s dad at the hand of Don Giovanni, we follow these 3 ladies as they attempt to concern terms with the man who has actually radically modified their lives. This makeover at a dashing hero calls into question simply how romantic this male truly was. Will Giovanni get away with it or face justice?
Double-cast to provide more chances for the vocalists of UNLV Opera. The cast includes Don Giovanni (Philip Harris and Michael Parham); Leporello (Christophe Kennedy); Donna Anna (Joan Sobel and Mariah Wilcox); Don Ottavio (Chris Martin and Daveon Bolden); Donna Elvira (Karin Hochman and Casey Dakus); Zerlina (Tamara Richards and Moriah Berry); Masetto (Kurt Sedlmeir and Mark McCreery); and Il Commendatore (Richard Hodges).
The production and design team consists of assistant director Bonita Bunt, scenic designer and technical director Michael Genova, lighting designer Javier Moreno, impresario Jennifer Holland, orchestra preparation by Costs Bernatis, assistant Maya Sprouse, and vocal coach Semyon Rozin.
Ward is the Director of the Crane Opera Ensemble at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam where he works as a Visiting Assistant Teacher. This year he directs a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost as well as The Pirates of Penzance. He just recently completed a consultation as Visiting Opera Director and Checking Out Assistant Teacher at the University of North Texas in Denton where he staged Le nozze di Figaro, A Little Night Music and Discussions of the Carmelites last season.
Tickets are $25, with discounts readily available. To purchase tickets, visit the Carrying out Arts Center siteor call 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).