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Don Giovanni at Carib 5 tomorrow

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Simon Keenlyside (left) in the title role and Malin Bystrom as Donna Elvira in Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'.

"A winning cast sparks joy in Don Giovanni revival at the Met ... a delightful performance that reminded us of the genius of Mozart's music that could bring revelation and excitement in the hands of professionals."

- Bachtrack

The Metropolitan Opera presents its 556th performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni tomorrow at 11:55 a.m., Live in HD at Carib 5 in Cross Roads.

Simon Keenlyside brings his acclaimed portrayal of Don Giovanni to the Met's Live in HD for the first time, in Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage's staging of Mozart's masterpiece. Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Bystrom as Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto and Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore.

The opera had its premiere in 1787 at the National Theatre (now Estates Theatre) in Prague. Aided by his ingenious librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is neither tragic nor entirely comic, but rather light-hearted, urbane and ironic. Over the course of a night, a day and another night, we follow the title character and his earthy comic sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duel, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell by a vengeful, ghostly reincarnation of the Commendatore.

Buoyed by Mozart's nuanced and insightful score, the opera still rings with psychological truth after more than two centuries.

AN ADVENTUROUS LIFE

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) was the son of a Salzburg court musician and composer, Leopold, who was also his principal teacher and exhibited him as a musical prodigy throughout Europe. His achievements in opera, in terms of beauty, vocal challenge, and dramatic insight, remain unsurpassed and his seven mature works of the genre are pillars of the repertory.

The extraordinary Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838) led an adventurous life in Venice and Vienna. He converted from Judaism as a youth and joined the Catholic Church, where he took Holy Orders. He supplied librettos for the prominent composers of his time, including Antonio Salieri, and collaborated with Mozart on Cosi fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

Da Ponte migrated to America and eventually settled in New York, where he was granted the first chair of Italian at Columbia College (now University) and was instrumental in developing an audience for Italian opera.

The myth of Don Juan appears to have first made it into print in the play El Burlador de Sevilla y Convidado de Piedra ("The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest," 1630) by the versatile Spanish author and priest Tirso de Molina.

The Met's Live in HD series now reaches more than 2,000 cinemas in 72 countries around the world, including Jamaica. Tickets are available at the box office or online at www.palaceamusement.com with a Palace Card or any major credit card.