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Don Giovanni: Essential Opera

Presented by Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation

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Seating will be limited to 300 attendees, and patrons will be seated in a socially-distanced configuration. Safety protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of all patrons, staff, and artists. Click here for details. This performance will be approx. 90 minutes with no intermission.

Location Date and Time
Schuster Center February 27, 2021 3:00 pm
Schuster Center February 27, 2021 8:00 pm

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Available for on-demand viewing after Virtual Stream premiere

This performance will be live-streamed as it is performed live in theater so that audience members can enjoy this concert in real time from the comfort of home. The performance stream will be available for on demand viewing through June 30, 2021.

Location Date and time
Virtual February 27, 2021 8:00 pm

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Enjoy DPAA Virtual Streams performances from Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Philharmonic from the safety and comfort of home. The in-theater performance of this program will be recorded and will be available after its premiere for on demand viewing through June 30, 2021.


Location Date and time
Virtual March 5, 2021 8:00 pm

Don Giovanni: Essential Opera

Duration of performance: approx. 90 minutes (no intermission)

in Italian with English surtitles

THOMAS BANKSTON Artistic Director
GARY BRIGGLE Stage Director

NEAL GITTLEMAN Artistic Director and Conductor

NORMAN GARRETT baritone – Giovanni, a playboy
KARA SHAY THOMSON soprano – Anna, an heiress
KASIA BOROWIEC soprano – Elvira, a former nun
JOSHUA WHEEKER tenor – Ottavio, Anna’s fiancé
NATHAN STARK bass – Leporello, Giovanni’s valet
HAROLD WILSON bass – The Commander, Anna’s father
OLIVIA YOKERS soprano – Zerlina, a new bride
ANDRÉ CHIANG baritone – Masetto, Zerlina’s husband

For Cast Bios, click here.

Don Giovanni: Essential Opera presents this essential work of the opera repertory in a way that responds to the needs of our current times and to our artists and audience. The performance will focus on the essence of the music and drama in an abridged, 90-minute production (with no intermission) that captures all of Mozart’s greatness in an exciting and 21st century way. This compact format will adhere to social distancing and other health parameters for a welcomed and safe experience for both our artists and audience.

Don Giovanni is one of opera’s most compelling anti-heroes. Based on legends of the infamous Don Juan, the tale follows the title character through seduction, deception, ominous foreshadowing, and irreverent reveling, all the way to a hair-raising ending where things get a little “heated,” and our rapscallion gets his just rewards! It’s no wonder that Don Giovanni is one of Mozart’s supreme musical achievements and is considered one of the greatest operas of all time.

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For a Synopsis of Don Giovanni: Essential Opera, click here.

For Director’s Notes to this unique presentation of this staple in the opera repertoire, click here.