A sexy new production of the classic Mozart opera Don Giovanni comes to the Clark, live from the Met

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Tony Award®-winning director Michael Grandage’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 pm,  live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. The performance is “excellent,” raves The New York Times, with the Met’s conductor Fabio Luisi drawing “buoyant, nuanced and effortless playing from the orchestra and splendid singing from an impressive cast.” Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance and the doors will open one half-hour before the performance.

Few characters in opera are as gripping, conflicted, and charismatic as Don Giovanni. The opera depicts the nobleman’s amorous adventures and conquests, as well as the tragic consequences of his actions. “Don Giovanni…is a dark, complex individual,” Grandage says. “The starting point of Don Giovanni is a death, and the brilliance of the opera is that Mozart then takes us to a piece about life. There’s something quite Shakespearean about it: a serious subject that has many opportunities for comedy, for lightness of touch, for all sorts of layers in the portrayal of the characters.” Mozart’s score, paired with Lorenzo Da Ponte’s libretto, makes a profound statement on morality and fate through Don Giovanni’s inability to repent for his crimes.

Don Giovanni makes its Met premiere in a new production by the innovative British theater director Michael Grandage leading a dazzling ensemble of singers renowned for their interpretation of Mozart’s works. The Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien takes on the title role alongside bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Leporello. The brilliant soprano Barbara Frittoli sings the role of the noblewoman Donna Elvira who is torn by her desire for Giovanni. Marina Rebeka plays Donna Anna and Ramón Vargas sings the role of Donna Anna’s husband-in-waiting Don Ottavio. Rounding out the cast are Mojca Erdmann as Zerlina, Joshua Bloom as Masetto, and Štefan Kocán as the Commodore. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stellar Met Orchestra.

The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season continues with Wagner’s Siegfried (encore performance) on November 6; Glass’s Satyagraha on November 19; Handel’s Rodelinda on December 3; Gounod’s Faust on December 10; The Enchanted Island by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others on January 21; Wagner’s Götterdämmerung on February 11; Verdi’s Ernani on February 25; Massenet’s Manon on April 7; and Verdi’s La Traviata on April 14. The Clark’s intimate auditorium is one of the best performance venues in the region, with comfortable seating and souring acoustics. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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October 29: Tony Award®-winning director Michael Grandage’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 pm,  live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. The performance is “excellent,” raves The New York Times, with the Met’s conductor Fabio Luisi drawing “buoyant, nuanced and effortless playing from the orchestra and splendid singing from an impressive cast.” Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance and the doors will open one half-hour before the performance. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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