Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:56

Don Giovanni: Opera In Preview

‘Don Giovanni’, Mozart’s classic operatic tale of love, betrayal, passion and revenge comes to life in Oz Opera’s latest touring production.

Directed by Michael Gow and accompanied by a full chamber orchestra, the production is a true and accurate adaptation of Mozart’s original opera, except that it has been translated from Italian into English.

“Part of it is the accessibility of the show, since we’re taking right around the country,” says Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, who plays the dual roles of the Commendatore and peasant, Masetto. “Traditionally in Australia, opera was actually done in English, it was done by the main company in Sydney and it only changed over in the 1970s. The main reason is to be able to really take it right around the country … to make it accessible to everyone.”

While some purists consider translating classic operas into English a form of musical sacrilege, Eddie is adamant Oz Opera’s production has lost none of the raw, emotional energy of the original.  

“Whether you do it in Italian or whether you do it in English, you still have to be able to communicate the story. I’ve sung it in German as well, the ‘mother tongue’; you know Mozart was an Austrian writing in Italian. That was the style of the time: all the operas were only accepted in Italian so he learnt Italian … whatever the language I’m happy to do it as long as I get the story out there.”

Based on the legendary exploits of Don Juan, ‘Don Giovanni’ tells the sordid tale of the licentious libertine and remains one of the most well-known of Mozart’s vast body of works.

“It stands out because it really touches on the raw emotional human condition,” Eddie says. “It completely goes through all the real emotions that people can go through. I mean, why do people watch ‘Home and Away’ all the time? It’s the same rubbish every freaking week, but people tune in to real emotion, so in that sense it will go on forever because of the emotional conflict. Now elevate that to the extreme of emotion of what ‘Don Giovanni does and that’s why it endures.”   

‘Don Giovanni’ plays at the Redland Performing Arts Centre, Saturday July 27.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:38

Don Giovanni Double Pass

A new production from Opera Australia’s Oz Opera, ‘Don Giovanni’ is about love, betrayal, passion and revenge.

He’s stolen kisses and broken hearts, but has opera’s great Casanova gone a step too far?

Find out in this exciting new production of Mozart’s classic masterpiece, directed by Michael Gow.

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