When thinking about a design for Don Giovanni one always has to decide first how the opera ends and exactly what is happening: is the Don really dammed by a living ghost statue and dispatched to a fiery hell by gleeful demons OR are these events just hallucinations, the psychic aberrations of a serial sexual predator with a diseased and deranged mind? Deciding the outcome of this scene determines the world of the opera: is this a rational cause-and-effect world or a dark shadowy place beset with supernatural creatures capable of revenge, retribution, and Devine intervention?
This production used computer-controlled machinery to rotate three large towers into differing configurations creating a dark world with hidden mysteries.
By: Mozart & Da Ponte
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Director: Paula Williams
Venue: College-Conservatory of Music/ CCM
Scenic Design: Thomas C. Umfrid
Lighting Designer: Luke A. Kritzeck
Costume Designer: Glenn A. Breed
Hair & Makeup: Soung Hee Kim
Technical Directors: Galen Price & Steve Waxler
Stage Manager: Caroline Burns
Photographer: Mark Lyons