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Opera Carolina Presents Don Giovanni

February 27, 2008

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Opera Carolina Presents Don Giovanni

As a lover, his charms were irresistible
As a murderer, his fate was inescapable

Few have established a more debaucherous reputation than the infamous Don Juan, the legendary seducer of Mozart's grand opera, Don Giovanni. Regarded by philosopher Søren Kierkegaard as one of the greatest works of art ever produced, this tale of a philandering rake is rife with disguise, intrigue, and justice. Opera Carolina's production of Don Giovanni introduces local opera star Kris Irmiter, the renowned Bass-Baritone from Rock Hill, in the title role, and Caitlin Lynch as Elvira, a prominent young singer who won the 2006 Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus Competition. Inna Dukach returns to the Opera Carolina stage after her 2005 debut in Margaer Garner, singing the role of Donna Anna.

In 17th century Spain, the infamous and disguised Don Giovanni attempts to seduce the Commendatore's daughter, Donna Anna. The Commendatore hears his daughter's cries for help and runs to her rescue only to be met by Don Giovanni's sword. Grieved by her father's death, Anna makes her betrothed Ottavio swear vengeance against the masked murderer. Don Giovanni continues his evil ways, preying on the feelings of the enamored Donna Elvira and disrupting the happiness of newlyweds Zerlina and Masetto. Narrowly escaping multiple encounters with angry villagers, Don Giovanni is finally confronted by the Commendatore's ghost in the cemetery, who warns Giovanni of the fate that awaits him if he continues his path of ruin. Unwilling to reform, Giovanni's house goes up in flames and the rake is finally punished.

Don Giovanni will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center March 27 at 7:30 p.m., March 29 at 8:00 p.m. & March 30 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us online at ,www.operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at: www.operacarolina.org/operas. To download images of this production please go to: http://www.operacarolina.org/about_media_photos.php Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.

Don Giovanni is sung in Italian with projected English titles. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This production is made possible by presenting sponsor The Hearst Corporation. Additional support provided by U.S. Airways, and Blue Restaurant & Bar. Media support provided by The Charlotte Observer, Time Warner Cable, and WCNC-TV.

Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.

Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.
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