On May 11 and 12 at the University of Baltimore’s Lucy & Vernon Wright Theater, The Figaro Project presents Who Killed Don Giovanni?, an inventive reimagining of Mozart’s classic opera.
While remaining musically faithful to Mozart’s composition, The Figaro Project spins the tale of Don Giovanni into a whodunit, with police inspector Sebastian Lorenzo called upon to investigate Mozart’s original characters, all of whom have the means, motive, and opportunity to eliminate the black-hearted Don.
General Director Caitlin Vincent, who conceived and wrote the adaptation, explains the inspiration behind the work: “The ending to Don Giovanni has always struck me as odd. After two hours of sex and murder, suddenly a statue comes to life, drags Don Giovanni down to hell, and it’s all over. I wondered, what if this one truth – the statue coming to life – was actually a lie? What if Don Giovanni wasn’t dragged down to hell, but murdered by one of the other characters?”
The resulting show blurs the lines between straight theater and opera, combining Mozart’s music with English dialogue and revealing new, darkly-comic sides of the opera’s well-known characters.
Who Killed Don Giovanni? features eight opera singers from the Baltimore area, including Lydia Beasley as Donna Anna, Jessica Hanel Satava as Donna Elvira, Stephen Campbell as Don Ottavio, and Nathan Wyatt as Inspector Lorenzo. The production will be directed by William Schaller and accompanied by Ta-Wei Tsai on piano. Blair Skinner, who serves as cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will conduct.
Hailed as “an impressive collective of talented performers” by Sequenza21 and named one of Baltimore’s best small opera companies by CBS Baltimore, The Figaro Project was founded in 2009 in order to create opportunities for emerging vocalists and present opera in accessible and affordable ways. Since its inaugural season, The Figaro Project has developed into a full-fledged opera “troupe” with a roster of more than twenty singers, instrumentalists, composers, and conductors. For more information, please visit www.thefigaroproject.com.
The Figaro Project presents
Who Killed Don Giovanni?
At the end of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the black-hearted Don is dragged down to hell for all eternity…or so we’re told. But is that what really happened? Join The Figaro Project in unraveling the truth of Don Giovanni’s demise in this comedic adaptation of the classic opera…as a whodunit!
May 11 and 12 at 7:30pm
Lucy & Vernon Wright Theater – University of Baltimore
21 West Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tickets: $10 (students $5) – available at www.etix.com