Whitney Hale

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College: Fine Arts

March Madness Begins With Mozart’s Masterpiece

Published: Mar 3, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2014) —Love, lust and murder are at the forefront of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s spring production of “Don Giovanni.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, first performed in 1787, drives along like a Alfred Hitchcock film. In the first scene, we see a murder and then follow the opera as the characters discover several secret truths. UK Opera Theatre presents four performances of "Don Giovanni" March 6-9, at the historic Lexington Opera House.

 

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, “Don Giovanni” is based on the legends of the great seducer Don Juan and is the 10th most performed opera in the world.

 

The UK cast of “Don Giovanni” is filled with award-winning singers, including Whitney Myers and William Clay Thompson, winners of the 2013 Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera (MET) Auditions; Thomas Gunther, winner of the 2012 Kentucky District MET Auditions and 2012 first place winner of the Alltech Competition; and Shareese Arnold, third place winner of the 2013 Alltech Competition.

 

Thirty-eight members of the UK Symphony Orchestra bring Mozart’s opera to life, under the baton of Maestro John Nardolillo. Richard Kagey, artist-in-residence for UK Opera Theatre, directs and designs the production with Tanya Harper serving as lighting designer and Susan Dudley-Wigglesworth serving as costume designer.

 

"Don Giovanni" takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Tickets for the production are available through the Lexington Center Box Office and can be purchased in person, by calling 859-233-3535 or visiting online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.ukoperatheatre.org or call 859-257-9331.

 

UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

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