January 20, 2022

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UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre Levels ‘Don Giovanni’ on YouTube | Arts & Entertainment

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UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre and the Office of Tunes will current a digital functionality of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s two-act opera “Don Giovanni,” 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, as a YouTube Premiere.

Directed by UCSB associate professor Isabel Bayrakdarian, the abridged edition of the opera will be sung in the initial Italian with English surtitles. The video will be no cost and obtainable to the community by way of the Department of Music’s YouTube channel.

Pupils in the UCSB Opera Theatre System commenced preparing for the digital output in the tumble, rehearsing and afterwards recording scenes in their very own households, in locations all about the nation, with some college students as far away as Italy and South Korea.

The distant structure of the venture challenged the pupils each musically and technologically, necessitating them to understand recording tactics and grow to be common with new machines.

Bayrakdarian, who tailored her very own performances to a digital format at the commence of the pandemic, directed the undertaking and provided important information and responses throughout the rehearsals and recording method.

“Directing this opera through the pandemic — and presenting it pretty much — posed many troubles, but it also available the uncommon opportunity to assign the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello to the exact singer, therefore alluding to the idea that the servant and his master are alter-egos, reverse sides of the same person,” she reported. “This opera has a timeless top quality, and it is a fantastic psychological thriller.

“Getting sung the function of Zerlina in many productions close to the globe, from the Salzburg Pageant to the Metropolitan Opera, it’s an amazing honor for me to be in a position to move on the expertise and know-how that I acquired from the biggest conductors and stage directors, again to the new technology of singers and to our proficient UCSB voice college students.”

The digital manufacturing will consist of performances by graduate and undergraduate Voice Software pupils, with piano accompaniment by UCSB continuing lecturer John Ballerino and doctoral scholar Erik Lawrence. Next year-doctoral student Valdis Jansons will sing the roles of Don Giovanni and his attendant Leporello and to start with yr-doctoral scholar April Amante will sing the function of Donna Anna.

Students in the master’s program for voice will sing the roles of Don Ottavio (Gianni Becker) and Zerlina (Marta Hovhannisyan). Doctoral prospect Naomi Merer will sing the part of Donna Elvira and Steven Browning Thomson, a master’s scholar in the Choral Conducting Software, will sing the job of Masetto.

The choir will consist of undergraduate students Megan Ashley, Tyler Fulgham, Violet Pleasure Hansen, Keith Romero, Soohyun Ryu, Kartik Sundaram and Matthew Thayer.

“Don Giovanni,” primarily based on the legend of the infamous libertine Don Juan, initially brought to lifetime by the Spanish author Tirso de Molina, is set in Seville, Spain, in the mid-18th century, and follows the demise of the shameless seducer Don Giovanni around the system of a mere 24 hrs.

The immediate website link to the movie of the effectiveness will be obtainable on the party site on the Department of Music’s web page by mid-February. For far more, check out new music.ucsb.edu/information/function/2171.

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