A new production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," performed by the Western Opera Theater, touring wing of the San Francisco Opera Center, will be the attraction on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 25 and 26, at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Park City. Both performances will be at 8 p.m.
The production is based upon the original open-air staging by acclaimed British director John Copley, created for the 1994 Merola Opera Program, and performed in August. Featured singers, participants in the Merola Program, are among the nation's most dynamic young voices.Utahns will note with interest the presence of Anne Riggio-Ellsworth, who spent two years in Utah earning a master's degree from the University of Utah in 1993 before going to San Francisco. She will alternate as Donna Elvira.
The fully costumed and staged opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Conductor Rodolpho Fisher will lead the ensemble.
The opera is concerned with the exploits of Don Juan, the notorious Spanish seducer of a thousand women, who is finally brought down by those he has wronged and dragged down to hell.
Western Opera Theatre appears for the third time in Park City, and the company is scheduled for a return with "The Marriage of Figaro" in fall 1995.
Tickets are $50 for Sunday night's performance, which is a benefit for Park City Performances, and will include a reception at the Kimball Art Center. Monday's admission is $35. For reservations or information, call 649-9371.
Western Opera Theater's "Don Giovanni" will tour to three other Utah locations - Utah State University in Logan Sept. 28, Brigham Young University in Provo Sept. 29, and Cedar City Music Arts Series, Sept. 30. The company will take this production to 29 cities in 16 states, from California to New York, Sept. 13-Oct. 30.