February 25, 2021


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UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre presents virtual Don Giovanni

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UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre and the Department of Music
will current a virtual effectiveness of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s two-act opera Don Giovanni on Friday,
February 26, 2021 at 6 pm PST as a YouTube Premiere. Directed by UC Santa Barbara Affiliate
Professor Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian, the abridged model of the opera will be sung in the initial Italian
with English surtitles. The online video will be absolutely free and offered to the general public by using the Department of Music’s
YouTube channel.

Learners in the UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre System commenced getting ready for the digital manufacturing in
Fall 2020, rehearsing and later on recording scenes in their personal houses, in places all above the region, with
some pupils as much away as Italy and South Korea. The distant structure of the task challenged the
pupils both equally musically and technologically, demanding them to master recording approaches and become
acquainted with new products. Dr. Bayrakdarian, who speedily adapted her possess performances to a virtual
structure at the start off of the pandemic, directed the undertaking and offered important guidance and comments
through the rehearsals and recording system.

“Directing this opera through the pandemic—and presenting it virtually—posed a lot of worries, but it also
provided the rare chance to assign the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello to the exact same singer, thus
alluding to the idea that the servant and his learn are change-egos, opposite sides of the similar particular person,”
famous Dr. Bayrakdarian. “This opera has a timeless top quality, and it’s a fantastic psychological thriller. Getting
sung the part of Zerlina in numerous productions close to the earth, from the Salzburg Festival to the
Metropolitan Opera, it’s an incredible honor for me to be equipped to go on the working experience and understanding
that I realized from the finest conductors and stage directors, back again to the new generation of singers and
to our proficient UCSB voice college students.”

The virtual output will include things like performances by both of those graduate and undergraduate Voice System
learners, with piano accompaniment by UC Santa Barbara Continuing Lecturer Dr. John Ballerino and
doctoral university student Erik Lawrence. Second year doctoral pupil Valdis Jansons will sing the dual roles of
the notorious Don Giovanni and his particular attendant, Leporello, even though 1st 12 months doctoral university student April
Amante will sing the complicated part of Donna Anna. College 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 function of Donna Elvira and Steven Browning Thomson, a master’s scholar in the Choral
Conducting Application, will sing the role 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 capabilities audio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte,
whom Mozart also collaborated with for Le Nozze di Figaro (1786) and Così admirer tutte (1790). Categorized by
Mozart as an opera buffa, Don Giovanni received its premiere on Oct 29, 1787 by the Prague Italian
Opera at the Nationwide Theater, now identified as the Estates Theatre, in Prague, Czech Republic. Dependent on the
legend of the infamous libertine Don Juan at first brought to daily life by the Spanish writer Tirso de Molina,
the opera is set in Seville, Spain in the mid-18th century, and follows the demise of the shameless
seducer Don Giovanni more than the system of a mere 24 several hours.

More Details
UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre’s digital output of Don Giovanni will be available to watch as a
YouTube Premiere on the Department of Music’s YouTube channel (tinyurl.com/ucsbmusicyoutube)
on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 6 pm PST. The immediate website link to the movie of the general performance will be
offered on the celebration website page on the Division of Music’s web site by mid-February. For a lot more
information and facts, remember to visit audio.ucsb.edu/news/party/2171.

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