Sixth Annual Lunenburg Summer Opera Festival
Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart
Don Giovanni: Justin Welsh
Leporello: Robert Milne
Donna Anna: Cara Adams
Donna Elvira: Paula Rockwell
Ottavio:Â Keith Klassen
Zerlina: Maureen Batt
Masetto: Douglas Brenton
Commendatore: Neil Robertson
Music Director: Tara Scott
Sunday June 13, 8:00 pm at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal
Tuesday June 15, 7:30 pm at Th’YARC, Yarmouth
Thursday June 17, 8:00 pm at Osprey Arts Centre, Shelburne
Thursday June 19, 7:30 pm at Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg
Tickets for the Annapolis Royal performance are available from the King’s Theatre
Tickets for the Yarmouth performance are available from Th’YARC, Yarmouth.
Tickets for the Shelburne performance are available from the Osprey Arts Centre, Shelburne.
Tickets for the Lunenburg performance will be available in June at Sagor’s in Bridgewater, at Kinburn Pharmasavein Mahone Bay and at Fultons in Lunenburg – or call 634-4280 to reserve.
Don Giovanni has had his way with Donna Anna, entering her bedroom, when she mistook him for her betrothed, Don Ottavio. Leporello, outside, complains of his life as a servant. Donna Anna pursues Don Giovanni and is joined by her father, who dies as they fight. Don Ottavio joins her in vowing revenge against the unknown assailant, while Don Giovanni and Leporello make their escape. Now they come across another woman, Donna Elvira, an earlier victim of Don Giovanni, who now runs off, when they recognise each other, while Leporello reads her a catalogue of his master’s conquests. Master and servant now come across a group of peasants, ready to celebrate the marriage of Zerlina and Masetto. Don Giovanni manages to be left alone with Zerlina, having invited the whole company to his palace nearby, but as they go off together Donna Elvira appears, intervening to warn the girl. Donna Anna and Don Ottavio now join them, recognising Don Giovanni by his voice.
In Don Giovanni’s garden Masetto reproaches Zerlina, frustrating Don Giovanni’s attempts to lure her away. Donna Anna, Donna Elvira and Don Ottavio appear, masked, and are invited by Leporello to join the celebration. At the ball in the palace Don Giovanni takes Zerlina into another room and when she screams pretends that Leporello is guilty. The three masked visitors now reveal themselves and accuse Don Giovanni. Outside Donna Elvira’s house, Leporello is made to impersonate his master to woo her, while Don Giovanni turns his attention to her maid, a cruel deception. Masetto, seeking Don Giovanni, has his helpers sent off in various directions by Don Giovanni, in the guise of Leporello, and when Masetto is alone he sets upon him, leaving him to be consoled by Zerlina. Leporello, taking refuge in the courtyard of the house of Donna Anna, is seized, but pleads for mercy, when they realise who he is. Don Giovanni and Leporello now come together, as night draws on, in a churchyard, where the stone statue on the tomb of the Commendatore is heard to speak. At this Don Giovanni tells Leporello to invite the statue to dinner. The statue accepts and in a final scene is heard slowly approaching the room where Don Giovanni is at dinner, to the terror first of Donna Elvira, who has been urging reform on her betrayer, and then of Leporello. The statue slowly enters and holding fast Don Giovanni’s hand takes him into the fiery pit that now opens before them. There follows a brief epilogue in which the moral of the tale is pointed by those who remain.
Some Enchanted Evening, a programme of musical theatre favourites performed by the MCO Chorale under the direction of Diane Oxner Macdonald, with soloists Nina Scott-Stoddart and Andrew Tees.
Wednesday, June 16, Astor Theatre, Liverpool, 7:30 pm
Friday, June 18, Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg, 7:30 pm
Tickets $15, $5 children under 12
Liverpool tickets available from the Astor Theatre.
Lunenburg tickets available from Fulton’s Pharmacy in Lunenburg, Kinburn Pharmasave in Mahone Bay, Sagor’s Books in Bridgewater, or call 634-4280