Don Giovanni Opens January 16

Cedar Rapids – Indulge in Mozart’s tantalizing opera Don Giovanni at the Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Avenue SE, Friday, January 16 at 8:00PM and Sunday, January 18 at 2:00PM.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s new production of Don Giovanni, sung in Italian with English supertitles, is directed by William Ferrara with Orchestra Iowa Musicians directed by Daniel Kleinknecht; featuring baritone Christopher Burchett in the title role, baritone Lee Poulis as Leporello, and sopranos Danielle Talamantes (Donna Anna) and Veronica Mitina (Donna Elvira).

Free pre-opera Curtain Talks with stage director William Ferrara will be held in the Paramount’s Encore Lounge one hour prior to performance. There will also be a live broadcast of the Sunday matinee by Iowa Public Radio.

Tickets are available through the Orchestra Iowa Ticket Office located at 119 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA. Tickets may also be purchased by phone 319-366-8203 or online at orchestraiowa.org. For more information about the opera, visit cr-opera.org A limited number of $10 tickets are available for high school and college students, thanks to sponsor US Bank.

About Don Giovanni Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical masterpiece with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, was first performed on October 29, 1787 in Prague under its full title of Il Dissoluto Punito ossia il Don Giovanni – Dramma giocoso in due atti (The Rake punished, or Don Giovanni, a dramma giocoso in two acts).

The story is based on the legends of Don Juan, the fictional libertine lover. The opera is a luscious blend of comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements, masterfully leading Don Giovanni to his fate as he abuses his friends and lovers with his relentless passions.

(Source: CROT Press Release)

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