Don Giovanni from the Met at The Grand Auditorium In Ellsworth Maine

images   What do we expect from an opera? Well..everyone dies, no one lives happily ever after, and the fat lady sings at the end. Those misconstrued fallacies have no part in this wonderful story. Well…not all of it anyway. This one offers a bit of that old middle of the road attitude. Some funny, some tragic, some myth thrown in for good measure, but no matter how relentless the tale gets, the point of view is forever told in so many different variations depending on which character you listen to. One may take the lighthearted way and give themselves a break from the usual irony, but not here. We have that in full capacity. We’ve got duels (fatal ones at that, what’s a duel without a little fatality?) Close encounters with death, bouts with flickering humor, shreds of sentimentality, and the usual melancholy ending with the bad guy tossed into hell. And keep your eye on that outrageously funny sidekick Leporello for the constant comic relief he offers throughout. Yet, all in all a beautiful masterpiece overflowing with operatic goodness.

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