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Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in new articles, Reviews | 0 comments

I’ll Take My Don G with Wine and Cheese!

I’ll Take My Don G with Wine and Cheese!

Photo credit: Laura Lundy-Paine

by Melissa Wimbish

Virago Theatre Company’s “charming” presentation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni is still running. For those of you that need a little extra tease, check it out on Saturday, March 9th for the Closing Night Wine & Cheese Soiree with the cast! In the meantime, here is the Operagasm review rundown:

I think the term “movie-star good looks” should be changed to “opera star good looks”. Let’s start a FB page for that: “Anders Froelich as Don Giovanni has GQ/movie-star good looks and is thus a natural casting for the role. . . He has the title role in his repertoire from past performances last year with Cinnabar Theatre Company. Trained in dance, Mr. Froelich has the posed and poised comportment of a nobleman.”

Mad love to the little people — because the little people are big people in Mozart: “As so often happens in Mozart, the commoners have the juiciest parts and Jo Vincent Parks and Elizabeth Baker make the most out of their roles as Leporello, the Don’s servant, and Zerlina, the bride-to-be who Don seduces…Mezzo Baker’s sweet looks, devilish charm, and insouciant resilience refuse the victim role that Zerlina often is burdened with, to the betterment of the production. ”

Nothing shameful about this: “Music Director Jonathan Khuner leads the singers and the “Shameless Passion Orchestra” to a superior accompaniment–under the baton of Michael Moran for the performance I attended. The orchestra is positioned on the floor in front of the stage, which was of momentary concern that the singers would be acoustically overshadowed, but after the first ten minutes the cast’s powerful voices projected sufficiently to allay all fears. Maestro Khuner’s subtitles provided smiles with his modern, dead-pan translations.”

Check out the full review in The Berkeley Daily Planet by John A. McMullen, II here!

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