IU Opera Theater opens 2017-18 season with all-new production of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’


IU Opera Theater opens 2017-18 season with all-new production of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’Newly appointed Jacobs School of Music faculty member Peter Volpe as the Commendatore in IU Opera Theater’s all-new production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Sept. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at the Musical Arts Center.Print-Quality PhotoWHAT: “Don Giovanni” by W.A. MozartWHEN: Sept. 15-16, 22-23 at 7:30 p.m.WHERE: Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan Ave., IU Bloomington campusTICKETS: Purchase tickets at the Musical Arts Center box office Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., by phone at 812-855-7433 or online. A discounted price, through the box office, is available for all students.VIDEO STREAMING: Sept. 15-16 only.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESept. 13, 2017BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Some revere him, and some revile him—but most agree that W.A. Mozart’s masterwork about him, “Don Giovanni,” is the consummate opera.
Indiana University Opera Theater will open its 2017-18 season with a brand-new production of this timeless classic at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, with additional performances Sept. 16, 22 and 23. The Sept. 15 and 16 performances will be video-streamed live via IUMusicLive!
This production about one of culture’s most infamous seducers, and his punishment, marks stage director David Lefkowich’s debut with IU Opera Theater. Jacobs professor Arthur Fagen will take the podium, while Jacobs staff members Mark Smith, Dana Tzvetkova and Patrick Mero designed the sets, costumes and lighting, respectively.
“Opera has so many moving parts, and it is truly a collaborative art form,” said Lefkowich. “It takes everyone working together to create something magical onstage. The cast brings a freshness and vitality to this opera that is exciting to behold. The weeks that I have spent at IU have been tremendously rewarding for me both as an artist and an educator.”
In a rarely seen twist, newly appointed Jacobs School faculty member Peter Volpe will sing the role of the Commendatore in all four performances, alongside …

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