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july, 2020

19jul(jul 19)12:00 am31dec(dec 31)11:45 pmNEW YORK OPERA CONSERVATORY - Free virtual opera: Mozart’s Don Giovanni: A Pandemic Nightmare

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Event Details

 

As
a summer opera program for emerging singers, the  New York Opera Conservatory had to re-think
a way to not disappoint its students in light of the covid epidemic. But how do
you maintain social distancing in opera rehearsals and performances?  How do you lift moods during such an intense
period of uncertainty? 

 

The
Conservatory’s answer was to make the pandemic the backdrop of an opera, and some
of its consequences a part of the production!  Since Mozart’s Don Giovanni
(a dark tragedy) had already been chosen by the Conservatory for its summer program,
it was totally reimagined as a comedy taking place during a
pandemic, and created entirely by relying on digital technology and cell phones
.
The entire production was staged, filmed, and edited without any of the cast and
technical crew leaving home. 

 

Every
special effect offered by phones was used throughout the production, from Snapchat
filters to tinder messaging to turning the tenor aria “Il mio tesoro” into a
home cooking show…showing us just how bizarre and surreal the world has become.
Production glitches, similar to what you
see every day in the media where programming is home-based, are a major part of
the charm of the work.

 

This
production is offered FREE OF CHARGE to the public,
however, any donation large or small will
help to recover essential revenues lost as a result of the pandemic. Visit the
Taconic Opera website to make a donation:
www.TaconicOpera.org

 

How to watch:

Don Giovanni is available on YouTube to watch at your leisure and as
often as you like:

https://youtu.be/Mwa428_ZJpI

 

Cast (a combination of seasoned professionals and student
singers)

(In
order of appearance)

 

Samuel
Flores—Leporello

Luke
Scott—Don Giovanni

Ky
Montez—Donna Anna

Dennis
Fox—Commendatore

David
Soto Zambrana—Don Ottavio

Deborah
Connelly—Donna Elvira

Nadia
Briones—Zerlina

Cade
Montez—Masetto

 

Two
other casts can be seen doing the production, but only until July 22, 2020:

https://youtu.be/rBLF0p2cNPM

https://youtu.be/fLPOHOsxV0g

 

Directed
by Dan Montez, General and Artistic Director, Taconic Opera;  Director: NY Opera Conservatory

 

Pianist
– Kessa Mefford

 

Partially
funded with a generous grant from Arts Westchester.

 

For information
about becoming a student in the NY Opera Conservatory, visit the Conservatory website:
www.NewYorkOperaConservatory.com.

 

For general
information about Taconic Opera and NY Opera Conservatory events, visit the
website: www.TaconicOpera.org

 

Don Giovanni Synopsis: https://stageagent.com/shows/opera/1025/don-giovanni#:~:text=Synopsis. The famous tale of Don Giovanni centers,Giovanni duels with Il Commendatore and kills him,

Cost

Free

Phone

855-886-7372

Time

July 19 (Sunday) 12:00 am - December 31 (Thursday) 11:45 pm

Location

Virtual Event

https://youtu.be/Mwa428_ZJpI

Organizer

Taconic Opera855-886-7372

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