Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Viva la liberta! - Don Giovanni Review

My first professional review is out!  It's published online now, but it will be included in Opera21's PDF magazine later in the month.

It was an honor to be asked to cover NYOE's Don Giovanni.  Not only is it one of my favorite operas, but it's a company that I respect and believe in. 

Here's a little taste:

New York Opera Exchange, a relatively new opera company based in New York City, presented Don Giovanni as their full production of the 2012-2013 season.  The brutally alluring set, comprised simply of a black wall with a bleeding red “VIVA la LIBERTÀ” in the upper left corner, worked well for this down-to-earth 1960s version of Mozart’s classic opera.  Director Jennifer Shorstein used her limited space well, moving furniture into and out of the space as needed.  She also highlighted the stark red text by creating poignant tableaus with her singers in front of it...

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