Not only is Don Giovanni the classic opera that offers such treats as lust, heartbreak, revenge and the fires of damnation, but its new production has met with general approval from the Metropolitan Opera’s hard to please fans. There is a great deal to recommend this favorite opera, especially the return from near-disaster by its Don Giovanni, Mariusz Kwiecien in the iconic title role. (He is seen in the photo above taken during the rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera on October 3, 2011 by Marty Sohl.)
Berkshire audiences will get their chance to see the new production of Don Giovanni on Saturday, October 29 at 12:55 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield and the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown. (Hudson Valley audiences can see the new production starting on Saturday, October 29 at Time + Space in Hudson and returning on Sunday, November 6 and Saturday, November 12.)
During rehearsal, the Polish Baritone Kwiecien hurt his back and was sent to the hospital for surgery, but bounced back four days later. This month sees his first Met performances in the role as the Great Seducer. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi – who has taken on a greater role since the incapacitation of the great James Levine – will lead the Met Orchestra from a cembalo in the pit.