Saw Mozart’s Don Giovanni last Saturday night, the first night with a lot of firsts- first time I’d seen an opera that had a late-breaking story and real operatic drama attached to it. My dad informed me as we got ready to leave that the Donna Anna role was replaced at the last minute. Why? Official line is that the earlier performer was “not ultimately suited for the role”. You’d think they could have figured that out a little sooner than the dress rehearsal, so I bet there’s something else there. We were in nosebleed, but it was great. I really enjoyed the costuming and sets. Circa 1800s style instead of – I don’t know what I expected, something from Mozart’s time? And the Don Giovanni role was very athletic and burly. He’s got his shirt off in the first scene. Great arias, and notably (for me) were: Donna Elvira – I warmed up to her- and Ottavio. The new Donna Anna was great.
Tips for going to the opera on ridiculously crowded nights:
- Ask the usher to get you a cab in the last intermission
- Don’t eat in the neighborhood beforehand