SUU Opera Presents Don Giovanni, Music Masterworks

Date: March 06, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Heritage Center Theater, 105 N 100 E, Cedar City, UT
Category: Arts and Entertainment

SUU's Department of Music Offers

Mozart's Don Giovanni

March 6 THROUGH 9, 2013

Greg Watts sings Il Commendatore in SUU's production of

Photo credit: Greg Watts sings Il Commendatore in SUU's production of "Don Giovanni." Photo: Asher J. Swan


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Based on the scandalous exploits of fictional seducer, Don Juan, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has given us one of the most well-known and popular of all operas. Southern Utah University’s Department of Music’s Masterworks Series presents Don Giovanni, which combines elements of comedy, melodrama, and the supernatural and features singers from SUU Opera.

The opera will be performed Wednesday through Saturday, March 6 through 9, 2013. This production offers the additional benefit to experience the opera in both English and Italian: English performances are Wednesday and Friday, March 6 and 8, and Italian performances are Thursday and Saturday, March 7 and 9. All performances will take place in the Heritage Center Theater, 105 N 100 E, downtown Cedar City. Curtain time is 7:30pm. Pricing for the Music Masterworks series is: General Adult Admission: $8, SUU Faculty & Staff: $6 and Student/Child: $4. SUU students are admitted free by presenting a valid ID at the door. To purchase tickets, call (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm or visit Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Under the stage direction of Carol Ann Modesitt, Professor and Director of Opera and Voice, the evening promises to be enjoyable for all. The popularity and longevity of this production has caused Don Giovanni to be performed in opera houses for years all over the world. When asked why she chose this opera, Carol Ann said, “Don Giovanni is not only a great work that has stood the test of time, but an entertaining morality play which brings home the cost of unbridled greed and immorality. In short, Don Giovanni must pay for his mistaken choices, and this is something our current culture needs to understand.” She continued, “It provides students with living history of culture and mores with insights into the background of current civilization in a way that lectures and text books cannot do.”

 Performed in two acts, Don Giovanni follows the sexual exploits and deceits of Don Giovanni. He promises marriage to many women before abandoning them. Together with his servant, Leporello, he deceives, tricks, and outwits others so that by the end of the opera, everyone hates him and is pursuing him. He is successful in avoiding justice until, at the very end, he meets a force whom he cannot deceive, outwit, or outrun….We then see what becomes of someone who lives with such infamy toward others.

 Joining Modesitt with bringing Don Giovanni to the SUU stage are music director Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk and conductor Xun Sun. The design team for the production includes set design by Alana Pichot, costume design by Ellen Osborne, lighting design by Lizzie Andersen, and makeup design by Christie Kozlowski.

 This production features two casts of SUU students and a guest artist: one cast performing in English and the other performing in Italian. The English cast features SUU students Luke Johnson as Don Giovanni, Ben Lieske as Don Ottavio, Brandon Campbell as the comedic servant, Leporello, Greg Watts as Il Commendatore, Alex Byers as Masetto, Sara Thorson as Donna Elvira, Michelle Reid as Zerlina, and Janese Shaw as Donna Anna.

 The Italian cast features SUU students Jayson Le Baron as Don Giovanni, Cameron Pruett as Don Ottavio, Alex Byers as the comedic servant, Leporello, Greg Watts as Il Commendatore, Brandon Campbell as Masetto, Christina Meikle as Donna Elvira, and Arielle Tholen as Zerlina. This cast also features guest artist Jill Dewsnup as Donna Anna.

 The chorus includes SUU students Alisha Fabbi, Annie Powell, Sara Williams, Rebecca Dayton, Robert Durburow, Coby Palfreyman, Hayden Merrill, Troy Richardson and Austin Schirling.

 Experience this scandal in both Italian and English as this devious and cunning nobleman uses his position and title to navigate the hearts of women in the entertaining Don Giovanni. SUU Opera presents this thoroughly delightful Music Masterworks two-act comic opera. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit