Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Fresh from the Archives, a free performance for you to enjoy.
It was a groundbreaking virtual production which gained national media attention: First, it was conceived, directed, rehearsed, performed from the living rooms of its cast and crew. Secondly, director Anna Theodosakis gave the plotline of Mozart’s masterpiece a modern, feminist twist — the women stepped out of their roles to voice their stories and refused to be victimized by Don Giovanni’s lecherous behaviour and objectification of his female conquests.
“This provided me a great opportunity to insert monologues performed by the three women of the story. Our production emphasizes a survivor first narrative and having subjective narration from the female characters enhances this concept.”
The result was what critic David Perlman called “really effective, driven by the characters’ eyes all the time.”
He said “A lot of the virtual stuff being generated right now that tries to be a “reasonable facsimile” of live, leaves me cold. What struck me about [BrottOpera] is you have made the medium a huge asset.
In the words of cast member Stephanie di Ciantis: “BrottOpera decided to do something innovative – they took the small screen, tiny productions that some individuals and smaller companies have decided to test out and they figured out a way to bring that into a full scale, high-quality production. They have done something that no other company in Canada has done, which is to put on a full opera while keeping all its artists healthy.”
Details & Tickets
Anna Theodosakis, director
Boris Brott, conductor
National Academy Orchestra
Don Giovanni, Philip Addis
Leporello, Simon Chalifoux
Masetto, Jamal Al Titi
Don Ottavio, River Guard
Donna Elvira, Stephanie DeCiantis
Donna Anna, Shantelle Przybylo
Zerlina, Marie-Andree Mathieu
John Fanning as the Commendatore