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Casting announced for 2014 Merola Opera Program’s second full-length production

Poster for the first Viennese performance of Mozart's K. 527
Poster for the first Viennese performance of Mozart's K. 527
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As has already been announced, the second full opera to be performed during the 2014 summer season of the Merola Opera Program will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 527 Don Giovanni. Mozart composed this opera in 1787, several years after he had moved to Vienna. It was his second collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, the first having been The Marriage of Figaro, which had been performed the preceding year. However, Don Giovanni received its first performance in Prague and was not performed in Vienna until 1788.

The opera is in two acts. It will be staged by James Darrah, who just directed the staging for Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes in Davies Symphony Hall at the end of last month; and the conductor will be Martin Katz. As was planned for the first full opera, André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which will be given its first performance tomorrow, Don Giovanni will be given two performances, both sung by the same cast as follows:

  • Don Giovanni: Edward Nelson
  • Leporello: Szymon Wach
  • Il Commendatore: Scott Russell
  • Donna Anna: Amanda Woodbury
  • Don Ottavio: Benjamin Werley
  • Donna Elvira: Karen Chia-Ling Ho
  • Masetto: Rhys Lloyd Talbot
  • Zerlina: Yujin Kim

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Ticket prices will be $60, $40, and $25. Tickets may be purchased through the San Francisco Opera Box Office, located at the entrance to the War Memorial Opera House or by phone at 415-864-3330. The Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday.