Unravel the deceit of a serial seducer in Houston Grand Opera’s Don Giovanni at Wortham Theater Center on select dates from Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Opening Houston Grand Opera’s spring repertoire, Don Giovanni graces the Wortham Theater stage with a contemporary perspective on the more than two centuries-old masterpiece crafted by Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte.
Danish director Kasper Holten takes the helm of the opera, weaving together seduction, guilt, and reckoning in a way that echoes the #MeToo movement in today’s society.
Don Giovanni & Fleeing Fate
Driven by hedonistic urges, Don Giovanni indulges in unrepentant womanizing as he treks across Europe with his resourceful servant, Leporello, in tow. As his disdainful adventures lead him to cross paths with noblewoman Donna Anna and Zerlina, a peasant, Don Giovanni attempts to dodge honesty, guilt, and fateful retribution for his contemptuous acts.
With the help of the award-winning team of set designer Es Devlin and video designer Luke Halls (both contributors to the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremonies), Holten conceives Don Giovanni through the prism of the title character’s complex mental landscape, exploring what hell might look and feel like for a charismatic serial seducer.
Don Giovanni marks the company debut of director Kasper Holten, the former director of opera at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden from 2011 to 2017.
Cast & Crew
HGO Studio alumnus and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny assumes the title role, alongside soprano Ailyn Pérez who makes her role debut as Donna Anna.
The comic role of Leporello is played by Italian baritone Paolo Bordogna, while American soprano Melody Moore, tenor Ben Bliss, and Kristinn Sigmundsson portray the supporting roles of Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio, and the Commendatore, respectively.
The HGO Orchestra and Chorus is led by Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru, who was recently appointed music director of the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, California.
Don Giovanni is a co-production with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Gran Teatre del Liceu; and Israeli opera.
The production is sung in Italian with projected English translation and runs three hours and fifteen minutes, with one intermission.
About Houston Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera is one of the largest, most innovative, and most highly acclaimed opera companies in the United States, and is the only American finalist for Opera Company of the Year in the 2019 International Opera Awards.
In fulfilling its mission to advance the operatic art to serve an ever-evolving audience, HGO has led the field in commissioning new works (65 world premieres to date), as well as in training and nurturing promising young artists and administrators.
HGO contributes to the cultural enrichment of Houston and the nation through a diverse and innovative program of performances, community events, and education projects that reach the widest possible public.
HGO presents Don Giovanni at Wortham Theater Center
- Dates: Select dates from Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, May 5, 2019
- Times: Sunday at 2pm; All other performances at 7:30pm
- Location: Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street, Houston, TX 77002
- Parking: Underground parking in the Theater District costs $12. Street parking in the surrounding area is also available.
- Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $270. 365Houston readers receive 10% off admission with promocode DG365 (excludes balcony; offer available while discount inventory lasts). Click here to purchase tickets online or call the box office at 713-228-6737
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