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‘Don Giovanni’ opera offers shades of humor, sentiment

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture will screen The Met: Live in HD broadcast of Don Giovanni on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 12:55 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

The opera follows Don Juan and his earthy comic sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duel, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell.

Aided by his ingenious librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart deftly underscores the action with his music in this tragic comedy. Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is neither tragic nor entirely comic, but rather lighthearted, urbane and ironic.

Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre.

The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Isabel Leonard, Angela Meade, Matthew Polenzani, Marina Rebeka, Erwin Schrott, Ramón Vargas and Rolando Villazón. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct.

Tickets are $18 for adult,; $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for youths and are on sale now at miac.mercyhurst.edu and 814-824-3000.