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Gerald Carpenter: UCSB Opera Theatre Gives New Video clip of ‘Don Giovanni’ | Arts & Entertainment

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Isabel Bayrakdarian

UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre and the Department of Audio have made a new performance on video clip of Europe’s greatest opera, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni, K 527” (1787), which will be introduced as a YouTube premiere at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

The performance and video clip of the abridged opera ended up directed by affiliate Professor Isabel Bayrakdarian, and stars Valdis Jansons (Don Giovanni, Leporello), April Amante (Donna Anna), Naomi Merer (Donna Elvira), Gianni Becker (Don Ottavio), Marta Hovhannisyan (Zerlina), and Steven BrowningThomson.

Megan Ashley, Tyler Fulgham, Violet Pleasure Hansen, Keith Romero, Soohyun Ryu, Kartik Sundaram, and Matthew Thayer make up the refrain. Pianists John Ballerino and Erik Lawrence will deliver the orchestra.

The opera will be sung in the first Italian with English surtitles, and the video clip will be totally free and offered to the public by way of the Section of Music’s YouTube channel www.tinyurl.com/ucsbmusicyoutube.

College students in the UCSB Opera Theatre Plan began to put together for the novel generation in the tumble. They rehearsed and afterwards recorded scenes in their residences, and in destinations all around the U.S., with some learners as considerably away as Italy and South Korea.

The remote format challenged the learners the two musically and technologically, necessitating them to find out recording procedures and become common with new machines.

Bayrakdarian, who tailored her own performances to a digital format at the start off of the pandemic, states, “Directing this opera during the pandemic — and presenting it pretty much — posed lots of issues, but it also supplied the exceptional opportunity to assign the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello to the exact same singer, therefore alluding to the notion that the servant and his learn are change-egos, reverse sides of the exact individual.

“This opera has a timeless top quality, and it is a wonderful psychological thriller. Owning sung the function of Zerlina in a great number of productions all over the globe, from the Salzburg Festival to the Metropolitan Opera, it is an amazing honor for me to be able to go on the knowledge and knowledge that I learned from the biggest conductors and phase directors, again to the new era of singers and to our talented UCSB voice pupils.”

My pal and mentor, the late Michael Ingham — internationally-admired baritone, UCSB professor, sometime chairman of the Music Office and director of the Opera Application — once told me of his belief that Mozart by no means relinquished his dream of becoming a famous opera seria composer — speculation that would appear to be born out by the truth that 1 of the composer’s very last concluded operates was one of the breed: “La clemenza di Tito” (1791).

Alas for Mozart’s fugitive hopes, “La clemenza,” although it is made up of several wonderful passages, quickly vanished into the same obscurity that had engulfed “Idomeneo,” “Il re pastore,” and his other stillborn essays in the seria style.

Opera seria flourished during the baroque period, and even though Mozart’s conservative side may perhaps have cherished a vision of himself as a baroque composer, his genius belonged to the afterwards 18th century, a time of satire and revolution. In fact, he belonged to the innovative brotherhood of Freemasonry.

A person of his most common works, “The Relationship of Figaro,” was dependent on the engage in by Beaumarchais that numerous reactionaries explicitly cited as a person of the leads to of the French Revolution.

The libretto of “The Marriage of Figaro,” like that of “Don Giovanni” and “Così fan tutte,” was created by the Italian, Lorenzo Da Ponte. Da Ponte was a genius, far too, in his personal way. His collaborations with Mozart are as magical as they are unique, while he wrote 38 libretti in all, like many for Mozart’s alleged rival, Antonio Salieri, protagonist of the egregious “Amadeus.”

Mozart and Da Ponte ended up soul mates, and Mozart sponsored Da Ponte’s induction into the Masons.

For far more details on the UCSB Opera Theatre’s digital creation of “Don Giovanni,” go to www.songs.ucsb.edu/news/event/2171.

— Gerald Carpenter handles the arts as a Noozhawk contributing author. He can be arrived at at [email protected]. The opinions expressed are his possess.

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