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    ‘Don Giovanni’ brings sexy back (to the opera)


    Who said opera wasn’t sexy? Legendary lover Don Juan gets an Italian makeover in Mozart’s classic opera “”Don Giovanni,”” the UA school of music’s latest opera production, which is set to play this weekend.

    The opera follows the last moments of the life of Don Giovanni, commonly known as Don Juan, whose sexual conquests rank in the thousands. But after a life of decadence, he finally can’t get his way — and falls into the pits of hell.

    Sound dramatic? That’s the operatic style, and this one is “”one of the most famous operas of all time,”” said professor Charles Roe, director of the production and the University of Arizona Opera.

    “”It’s some beautiful music. It’s a combination of comedy and tragedy. A comic drama, if you will,”” Roe said.

    And the opera will be sung entirely in Italian with English supertitles, an impressive feat for the students, Roe said.  

    “”To sing a whole opera in a language that is not their language, that is something that is pretty amazing,”” Roe said.

    The cast includes music students Seth Kershisnik (Don Giovanni), Kyle Connor (Leporello), Jenny Beauregard (Donna Anna), Dennis Tamblyn (Don Ottavio), Christy McClarty (Donna Elvira), Alexandra Outcalt (Zerlina), Brian Witkowski (Masetto) and Jess Koehn (the Commendatore) in the lead roles. All the students are graduate students except for Outcalt, who is an undergraduate.

    The Arizona Symphony Orchestra, under the command of director Thomas Cockrell, will provide the musical accompaniment for the production.

    “”Don Giovanni”” will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Crowder Hall, with tickets ranging from $15 for general admission to $10 for students. Check it out, if you’re not in the midst of your own sexual conquests.


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