Baylor to Present 'Don Giovanni'

Jan. 19, 1996

The Baylor University School of Music, in cooperation with the Baylor University Theater Department, is presenting four performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni" at 7:30 Jan. 25-27, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. All productions-which are fully staged, costumed, and orchestrated-will take place in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

The performances will be conducted by J. Christopher Buddo, assistant professor of double bass and conducting. Baylor Opera Theater is supervised by Richard Aslanian, lecturer in music and director of opera. Casts for "Don Giovanni" will be split in alternating performances: the title role will be sung by Tim Dishongh on Thursday and Saturday, and by Michael Bohan on Friday and Sunday. The part of Donna Anna will be taken by Angela Amidei on Thursday and Saturday, and by Denise Stevens on Friday and Sunday.

Jon Truitt will appear as Leporello for all four performances, as will Tommy George as The Commendatore. Don Ottavio will be sung by Robin Roewe and Glenn Beals, respectively, Donna Elvira by Beth Gooley and Debbie Siebert, Zerlina by Amy Johnson and Cara Coppolo, and Masetto by John Jennings and David Lehde.

"Don Giovanni" was the 19th of Mozart's 22 works for the stage. It is based on the tale of Don Juan, a Spanish literary classic that dates back to the Middle Ages. The opera was premiered in Prague on Oct. 29, 1787.

Tickets are priced at $8, but there is a $2 discount for students (with proper identification) and for Baylor faculty and staff. For information, call the theater department box office at 755-1865.

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