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Mozart Opera "Don Giovanni" Plays OCU This Weekend
Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will be presented Feb. 26-28 by Oklahoma City University's Opera and Music Theater Company. "Don Giovanni is one of the best operas ever written, and one of the most important works as well," said director David Herendeen. "I thought it was a good bit of programming for the month of February, Valentine's month. OCU started with the play Romeo and Juliet and ends with Don Giovanni. If March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, my February is in like a love bird, out like a tomcat!" The opera, which Kierkegaard called "a work without blemish, of uninterrupted perfection," is seventh on Opera America's list of the most-performed works. This famed retelling of the Don Juan legend blends dramatic, comedic and supernatural elements with some of opera’s best-known melodies. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Kirkpatrick Auditorium. Tickets ($12-25) are available from (405) 208-5227. Performances are in Italian, with English supertitles. “Don Giovanni” is directed by Herendeen; Jan McDaniel is music director for the 40-piece pit orchestra. A free director’s talk will be held 45 minutes before each performance. A Mozart-themed opening night dinner buffet, with musical accompaniment, will be held 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Atrium of the Bass Music Center. Reservations ($20) are available from (405) 208-5227. For additional information on 2010 performances at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, visit www.okcu.edu/music or www.facebook.com/bassschool.