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Friday, February 22, 2013

Mozart's Don Giovanni, Music Masterworks @ SUU (Cedar City: Mar 6 - 9)

WHAT:              Only the master Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could transform deceit and seduction into harmonious and delicious entertainment. Southern Utah University’s Department of Music’s Masterworks Series presents the musical comedy and melodrama, Don Giovanni featuring singers from SUU Opera and guest artist. Experience the opera in both English and Italian!

WHO:               Southern Utah University, Department of Music

WHEN:             Wed-Sat, March 6-9, 2013: English performances are Wed & Fri, March 6 & 8; Italian performances are Thurs & Sat, March 7 & 9.

TIME:               7:30pm

WHERE:           Heritage Center Theater, 105 N 100 E, Cedar City, UT

PRICING:          Adult: $8, SUU Faculty/Staff: $6, Student/Child: $4.SUU students are admitted free by presenting a valid ID at the door.
All seats are general admission.

TICKETS:         (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm or visit: www.suu.edu/pva or may be purchased at the door.


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Based on the scandalous exploits of fictional seducer, Don Juan, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has given us one of the most well-known and popular of all operas.Southern Utah University’s Department of Music’s Masterworks Series presents Don Giovanniwhich combines elements of comedy, melodrama, and the supernatural and features singers from SUU Opera

The opera will be performed Wednesday through Saturday, March 6 through 9, 2013. This production offers the additional benefit to experience the opera in both English and Italian: English performances are Wednesday and Friday, March 6 and 8, and Italian performances are Thursday and Saturday, March 7 and 9. All performances will take place in the Heritage Center Theater, 105 N 100 E, downtown Cedar City.Curtain time is 7:30pm. Pricing for the Music Masterworks series is: General Adult Admission: $8, SUU Faculty & Staff: $6 and Student/Child: $4. SUU students are admitted free by presenting a valid ID at the door. To purchase tickets, call (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm or visit www.suu.edu/pva. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Under the stage direction of Carol Ann Modesitt, Professor and Director of Opera and Voice, the evening promises to be enjoyable for all. The popularity and longevity of this production has caused Don Giovanni to be performed in opera houses for years all over the world. When asked why she chose this opera, Carol Ann said, “Don Giovanni is not only a great work that has stood the test of time, but an entertaining morality play which brings home the cost of unbridled greed and immorality. In short, Don Giovanni must pay for his mistaken choices, and this is something our current culture needs to understand.” She continued, “It provides students with living history of culture and mores with insights into the background of current civilization in a way that lectures and text books cannot do.”
 Performed in two acts, Don Giovanni follows the sexual exploits and deceits of Don Giovanni. He promises marriage to many women before abandoning them. Together with his servant, Leporello, he deceives, tricks, and outwits others so that by the end of the opera, everyone hates him and is pursuing him. He is successful in avoiding justice until, at the very end, he meets a force whom he cannot deceive, outwit, or outrun….We then see what becomes of someone who lives with such infamy toward others.
 Joining Modesitt with bringing Don Giovanni to the SUU stage are music director Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk and conductor Xun Sun. The design team for the production includes set design by Alana Pichot, costume design by Ellen Osborne, lighting design by Lizzie Andersen, and makeup design by Christie Kozlowski.
 This production features two casts of SUU students and a guest artist: one cast performing in English and the other performing in Italian. The English cast features SUU students Luke Johnson as Don Giovanni, Ben Lieske as Don Ottavio, Brandon Campbell as the comedic servant, Leporello, Greg Watts as Il Commendatore, Alex Byers as Masetto, Sara Thorson as Donna Elvira, Michelle Reid as Zerlina, and Janese Shawas Donna Anna.
 The Italian cast features SUU students Jayson Le Baron as Don Giovanni, Cameron Pruett as Don Ottavio, Alex Byers as the comedic servant, Leporello, Greg Watts as Il Commendatore, Brandon Campbell as Masetto, Christina Meikle as Donna Elvira, and Arielle Tholen as Zerlina. This cast also features guest artist Jill Dewsnup as Donna Anna.
 The chorus includes SUU students Alisha FabbiAnnie Powell, Sara Williams, Rebecca DaytonRobert Durburow, Coby Palfreyman, Hayden MerrillTroy Richardson and Austin Schirling.
 Experience this scandal in both Italian and English as this devious and cunning nobleman uses his position and title to navigate the hearts of women in the entertaining Don Giovanni. SUU Opera presents this thoroughly delightful Music Masterworks two-act comic opera. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.
The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration and the new Shakespeare Studies program. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at 

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