DAVID CHAMBERS from Mozart and Da Ponte’s Don Giovanni
IVA BITTOVÁ and the AGON ORCHESTRA OF PRAGUE, MATT BOEHLER, CHRISTOPHER BURCHETT, MATTHEW CHELLIS, LISA HOPKINS, CHRISTOPHER SCHALDENBRAND, AMELIA WATKINS and ASHLEY HOWARD
A contemporary adaptation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, stunningly conceived by director David Chambers and featuring acclaimed Czech performance artist Iva Bittova, the production remains true to Mozart’s music and to the superb libretto by da Ponte but is told through the lens of the character Donna Elvira (Bittova), condemning the hapless Don for his unrepentant philandering. The music becomes at once contemporary through the arrangements and digital processing by Matthew Suttor along with video media design by Peter Flaherty. Don Juan in Prague played at The National Theatre of the Czech Republic (where Don Giovanni premiered in 1787) as part of the city-wide celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday in October 2006. Following the Prague run, the production came to New York where it closed the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2006 Next Wave Festival in December.
Produced by Beth Morrison Projects
Presented by BAM Next Wave Festival, 2006
"Intelligent, provocative, and respectful"
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