Portland Opera's season begins

Company kicks off new year with Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Oct 26, 2012 at 05:00AM

The Portland Opera's 2012-13 season is centered around the theme “Larger Than Life.” So, it is fitting that the season opener is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “Don Giovanni,” based on the legend of Don Juan.

The opera runs Nov. 2, 4, 8 and 10 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland.

In a relatively short life — he died at the age of 35 — Mozart wrote a prolific number of works in every genre. According to Christopher Mattaliano, Portland Opera's general director, Mozart's greatest impact was on operas. His unique style “combined German depth, Italian melody and French elegance.”

“Don Giovanni” is by turns “thrilling, funny and tender and a masterpiece by any standard,” according to a news release. The work features a libretto by dramatist Lorenzo da Ponte, who also collaborated on Mozart's popular operas “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Cosí Fan Tutte.”

Originally staged for the New York City Opera in 2009 by Christopher Alden, this version of “Don Giovanni” is set in modern times. The New York Times praised the production as “dark, erotic and vividly theatrical.”

The opera is sung in Italian with English projections.

The Portland Opera continues its “Larger than Life” season with “Tosca,” “Rinaldo” and “Falstaff.”

Ticket prices range from $20 to $135 (plus fees), depending on seat location. Due to adult content and sexual situations, the opera is recommended for mature audiences only. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster .com or call 800-745-3000. For more information on the Portland Opera, visit www.portlandopera.org.