Mozart is about to invade my life again. Giovanni staff arrive next week, and singers arrive on the 29th.
As I do research for my preshow talk (Inside the Opera with Kim Witman! Wildly exciting and scarily informative!), I’ve been reading librettist Lorenzo da Ponte’s Memoirs. How did I get to my 8th production of this opera without knowing that the legendary Casanova (at left) was a close friend of da Ponte’s, and that he purportedly had a hand in tweaking the Giovanni libretto? More here, in my most recent Huffington Post submission.
And while we’re at it, if you’re keeping track of my activities over at HuffPo (how did I get myself into this?!?), here’s a bit of context for our choice to cast alternating Giovannis and Leporellos.