Mozart magic

Two performances remain for Don Giovanni: one this afternoon and one tomorrow evening. The casts alternate, and some believe that the Friday and Sunday performances enjoy the superior one. I have no complaints at all about the performers who’ll sing in the Monday performance. Historically, the Friday (and Sunday) casts have tended to be better known and the alternate casts have tended to employ younger singers. This is the most enjoyable live performance of this work that I’ve ever attended. The San Antonio review seems to have beaten Austin papers into print, and in general I’d agree with it, although the reviewer (Diane Windeler) attended on Friday. Leporello does nearly steal the show. David Nancarrow’s lighting design, as always, is wonderful, except for the treatment of the Commendatore at the end. The direction allows full appreciation of the plot. The music alone is worth the ticket, but this is theatrical experience for the eyes as well, complete with sumptuous costumes. Those attending on impluse will find tickets available at the box office and beverages and desserts during the intermission. Call 472-5992 for ticket information.

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