VIDEO: Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents DON GIOVANNI

By: Nov. 13, 2019
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VIDEO: Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents DON GIOVANNI

Mozart's musically brilliant and masterful tale of lust and revenge, Don Giovanni, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm. There will be nine performances through December 8 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets start at $39 and are available now at or by calling 312-827-5600.

Don Giovanni features an accomplished cast of favorite Lyric artists and exciting, acclaimed newcomers in a lavish original Lyric production. American baritone Lucas Meachem (Nov. 14 - 30) and Italian baritone Davide Luciano (Dec. 3 - 8, Lyric debut) portray the infamous serial seducer who is aided and abetted by his conflicted servant Leporello (English bass Matthew Rose). The opera starts with the masked Giovanni's assault of Donna Anna (American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen/Lyric debut) and murder of her father, the Commendatore (Finnish bass Mika Kares/Lyric debut). A series of evasions, seductions, and deceptions ensue as Don Giovanni attempts to dodge the fiery Donna Elvira (American soprano Amanda Majeski, a Ryan Opera Center alumna) while pursuing the impressionable peasant bride Zerlina (Chinese soprano Ying Fang/Lyric debut), among others. American tenor Ben Bliss portrays Donna Anna's fiancé Don Ottavio and American bass-baritone Brandon Cedel is Zerlina's temporarily jilted husband Masetto (both Lyric debuts). The dissolute Don eventually gets his just deserts when a commemorative statue of the Commendatore comes to life and demands repentance.

Two performances of Mozart's insightful masterpiece in January of 1954 served as the "calling card" for a group of young Chicagoans who'd decided to start a brand-new opera company. The city's enthusiastic response led to Lyric's first official season in November of 1954. Since then, the company has presented Don Giovanni in 1956, 1961, 1964, 1969, 1980, 1988|89, 1995|96, 2004|05, and 2014|15.

Acclaimed American conductor James Gaffigan leads these performances. The renowned artistic director of The Goodman Theatre, Robert Falls, directs the production (set in early 1900s Spain), which features opulent sets designed by Walt Spangler, lavish costumes designed by Ana Kuzmanic, and evocative lighting by Duane Schuler. Michael Black is chorus master, August Tye is choreographer, and Sarah Hatten is wigmaster and makeup designer.


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