Friday, March 18, 2011

Need To Brush Up Your DON GIOVANNI?

Mozart's Don Giovanni (four performances coming up at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Theatre in April) is without a doubt one of the richest works of art ever created. For those encountering the opera for the first time, and a refresher for old Don G veterans, here are some helpful resources:

Seattle Opera's Spotlight Guide. Published for Seattle Opera's 2006/07 season, which featured a new Chris Alexander/Robert Dahlstrom production of the opera starring Marius Kwiecien, this brief guide introduces characters, plot, and historical background.

Online Course. Opera America unveiled this online course, written by Jonathan Dean (Seattle Opera's Director of Public Programs and Media), over the course of four weeks in 2006, in conjunction with the Santa Fe Opera's production of Don Giovanni, and then made it available to Seattle Opera patrons the following year. Although five years is an eon in terms of online education, the course still offers a thorough exploration of Mozart's fascinating masterpiece.

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