Saturday afternoon, October 13th at NOON
This month we’re going to be showing Joseph Losey’s film version of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Filmed on location in Vicenza, Italy, this fabulous production has incredible costumes, the magnificent setting of a 16th century mansion and Vicenza’s mysterious canals.
Set in Seville in the 1600s, Don Giovanni is the story of a young nobleman who is also a well-known philanderer with a long list of amorous conquests. After attempting to seduce the beautiful Donna Anna, her father’s battle to protect her ends in tragedy. Anna and her fiancé, Octavio, pledge to seek revenge for his death. While Don Giovanni continues to charm and seduce the local women, his inevitable dramatic fate is soon upon him.
Richard Wagner called Don Giovanni “The best opera ever written.” Many music critics and composers alike consider Don Giovanni to be Mozart’s operatic masterpiece. This “playful drama” is fun to watch — it has spectacular music that is high-spirited, impassioned and dramatic.
This film production of Joseph Losey’s Don Giovanni is considered to be one of the most beautiful opera videos ever produced. It was filmed on location in Vicenza, Italy, adding another dimension to the opera that takes it to another level. The lavish production is stunning to look at, with great art direction and cinematography, a very attractive cast, and of course, Mozart’s score, which is considered his most sublime masterpiece. Raimondi is at the height of his career and the finest Don Juan in anyone’s memory. He is the perfect Don Giovanni — totally believable and true to Mozart’s characterization. Kiri Te Kanawa is the perfect Donna Elvira.
Newcomers to opera: These DVD presentations by the Pescadero Opera Society are a great way to learn about opera. The atmosphere is always friendly and informal — never stuffy. An introduction to the opera is given before the show, letting you know what you are about to see and hear, as well as opera trivia. Programs are provided that include a synopsis of the opera, the composer and other information about the opera. The DVD has English subtitles, and there’s always room for questions and discussion.
The opera is held in our fabulous Event Hall (lovingly referred to as “The Barn”). It is shown on our wonderful giant-sized Gracie Anderson Memorial Movie Screen (donated by her son, Rodney), in six-channel digital surround-sound (donated by Jason Skinner and family, and several yard sales). Sit in our comfy theater seats (donated by Coastal Repertory Theatre), all set on our wonderful carpeting from the Ritz Carlton ballroom (donated by Kevin Palmer of Floors to Go, Premier Termite & the Long Branch Saloon/Event Center). Munch on popcorn from our fantastic popcorn machine (donated by Chris and Suneva from Aratas Pumpkin Farm), and keep warm and cozy with our 60,000 BTU heater (made possible by your generous donations).
Socializing, barbecue and pot luck are held between 12:00-1:00 p.m. We will provide the main dish, large salad, drinks and snacks. Please bring a dish that you want to share for the pot luck. Don Giovanni starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. with one intermission.
Opera Schedule 2018-19
Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00 p.m.
DVD opera presentation: 1:00 p.m.
“Madame Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak and Marcello Giordani
“Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Starring Ruggero Raimondi and Kiri Te Kanawa
“Aïda” by Giuseppe Verdi
Starring Kate Aldrich, Scott Piper and Adina Aaron
“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo
“Cinderella” by Alma Deutscher
Starring Vanessa Becerra and Jonas Hacker; conducted by Jan Glover
“Il Trovatore” by Giuseppi Verdi
Starring Marcelo Alvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick
“Dr. Atomic” by John Adams
Starring Gerald Finley, Sasha Cooke, Eric Owens
Guest Speaker: Shari Deghi
“Il Trittico” (three operas) by Giacomo Puccini
2011 Royal Opera House Production
“Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner
Starring Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong and Bernd Weikl
“Moby Dick” by Jake Heggie
Starring Jay Hunter Morris, Jonathan Lemalu, Morgan Smith