May 10, 2012
Contact: University Relations
The Figaro Project will return to the University of Baltimore for two performances of their comedic opera, Who Killed Don Giovanni?, which reimagines Mozart's classic opera, on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, in the Lucy and Vernon Wright Performing Arts Theater in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Both performances will take place at 7:30 p.m.
While remaining faithful to Mozart's composition, Figaro Project general director Caitlin Vincent wanted to explore the ending to Don Giovanni, and felt that an operatic whodunit would answer the lingering questions she had about the Don's fate.
"The ending to Don Giovanni always struck me as odd," Vincent said. "After two hours of sex and murder, suddenly a statue comes to life, drags [him] down to hell, and it's all over. I wondered, what if this one truth, the statue coming to life, was actually a lie?"
From that single question, a show was born that blurs the lines between traditional theatre and opera.
William Schaller directs the performance, with a cast that includes eight opera singers from the Baltimore area, including Lydia Beasley, Jessica Hanel Satava, Stephen Campbell and Nathan Wyatt. Tai-Wei Tsai will accompany on piano, and BSO cover conductor Blair Skinner will conduct.
Tickets for each performance are $10 each for general admission and $5 for students and UB alumni. They are available online at www.etix.com (search under University of Baltimore). Tickets also will be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.
The Figaro Project was founded in 2009 to create opportunities for emerging vocalists, and to present opera in accessible and affordable ways. Since then, it has been hailed as "an impressive collective of talented performers" by Sequenza21 and named one of Baltimore's best small opera companies by CBS Baltimore. Learn more about the group, or view a YouTube promotion for the production.
This event, as with all Spotlight UB events, takes place at the Lucy and Vernon Wright Performing Arts Theater. Reduced rate parking is available on event nights at the UB Fitzgerald Garage, located on Oliver Street; a voucher will be provided at the box office, and the UB shuttle is available to transport patrons between the venue and the garage.
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