A Wolfgang Opera

Don Giovanni, a two-act opera by Mozart, has captivated artists and philosophers for centuries. Kierkegaard called it “a work without blemish, of uninterrupted perfection.” So what’s all the hype about? Don Giovanni is the antihero, a young, rich, and lecherous playboy, so slutty that he records his sexual conquests on a scroll: 640 in Italy, 231 in Germany, 1,003 in Spain. In the opening scene, he wears a mask while sneaking into a home to seduce a woman named Donna Anna. But he’s caught, kills her father in a duel, escapes unscathed, and is then enlisted to avenge the murder he committed. The ending is legendary. David Pittsinger, a frequent presence at the Met, sings Giovanni; Jacquelyn Wagner, who got her start in Europe, sings Anna; and conductor Andrew Bisantz has been extolled over the years in the Financial Times and New York Magazine. In such seasoned hands, it’s bound to be a smooth spectacle as staged by the Florida Grand Opera. Don Giovanni performs at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at the Au-Rene Theater in the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $21 to $200. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org.
Thu., May 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 14, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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