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Roundtable discussion on Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart



Roundtable discussion on Don Giovanni  by W. A. Mozart

Featured guests: Marina Rebeka (Donna Anna), Antonio Poli (Don Ottavio), and Andrea Silvestrelli (Commendatore)

Moderated by Musicologist Jesse Rosenberg, Northwestern University

With a list of conquests longer than a phonebook, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls alike. This time, his victim is the virtuous Donna Anna. And when her father tries to save her, the Don murders him. But the lecherous killer has finally gone too far —and his victims want revenge. Dark comedy blends seamlessly with biting social commentary in a rip-roaring story that tantalizes with its ambiguities.

Latvian soprano MARINA REBEKA, who triumphed in her Lyric Opera debut last season as Violetta/La traviata, returns to the company this season as Donna Anna/Don Giovanni, the role of her acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut. She has also scored successes as Donna Anna at Opernhaus Zürich and the Vienna Staatsoper. Rebeka established herself initially in Rossini: Guillaume Tell (Amsterdam, Pesaro, Munich), Il viaggio a Reims (La Scala), and Moïse et Pharaon (Salzburg Festival, reprised at Carnegie Hall). In addition, she has sung Rossini’s Stabat Mater (Pesaro) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rome, CD). Verdi’s Violetta has brought her to Berlin, Florence, Vienna, Seoul, and Munich. Rebeka has also earned critical praise singing such French heroines as Gounod’s Juliette (Verona), Offenbach’s Antonia (Vienna), and Bizet’s Leïla (Zurich).

Italian tenor ANTONIO POLI, Lyric Opera’s Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni this season, has previously sung that role at Covent Garden, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Graz Opera, and Venice’s Teatro La Fenice. He is soon to appear in Tokyo in La traviata, in Munich in Falstaff, and in Bari in Die Zauberflöte. Among his major successes have been Nemorino (Graz, Berlin), Edgardo (Valencia, Amsterdam), Alfredo (Venice), and Fenton (La Scala – both in Milan and on tour to Japan). Last year he reprised his Fenton at Glyndebourne, Sir Mark Elder conducting. Riccardo Muti has conducted him in Nabucco (Rome), Macbeth (Salzburg, Rome), and Mercadante’s I due Figaro (Madrid, Salzburg, Ravenna, CD).


This season at Lyric Opera, Italian bass ANDREA SILVESTRELLI reprises two previous portrayals with the company: the Commendatore/Don Giovanni (2004-05) and Ferrando/Il trovatore (2008-09). He has sung seven other roles at Lyric, most recently Sparafucile/Rigoletto (2012-13). Silvestrelli returned to San Francisco Opera last season as Sparafucile, a success for him at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles, Washington, Houston, Macerata, Bologna, and Tokyo. Among other Verdi roles are Philip II (Cardiff, Graz, Houston), Zaccaria (La Scala, Macerata), and Banco (Amsterdam). Silvestrelli’s first major venture in German repertoire was Fasolt/Das Rheingold at Lyric and in San Francisco. His Wagner portrayals include Fasolt and Hagen/Ring cycle (San Francisco), the Landgrave/Tannhäuser (Tokyo), Hunding/Die Walküre (Mexico City), King Henry/Lohengrin and King Marke/Tristan und Isolde (both in Erl, Germany).

Professor Jesse Rosenberg  received his PhD from New York University, and has been on the musicology faculty of Northwestern University since 1998. Both as a scholar and teacher he specializes in 19th-century Italian opera, and has published his researches on Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Mascagni, as well as studies on opera and religion.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Click here to RSVP.


Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Entrance : Free