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Opera Ithaca launches their second season with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The opera will be directed by R.B. Schlather, an Ithaca College alum whose work has been presented by Boston Lyric Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, San Francisco Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival, English National Opera, New York City Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Portland Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Glimmerglass Opera. JAX Messenger, a frequent collaborator of Mr. Schlather will serve as lighting designer.

Don Giovanni is based on the legend of Don Juan. The opera, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiered in 1787 in Prague and has gone on to be one of the most successful operas of all time, each year ranking in the top ten produced operas world-wide.

Don Giovanni will star Philadelphia baritone Garrett Obrycki in the title role. Ithaca College alum, Donata Cucinotta returns to town to sing the demanding role of Donna Elvira. Since leaving Ithaca, Donata has sung with Opera Tampa, Knoxville Opera, Shreveport Opera, Opera Colorado,Opera Fort Collins, Ohio Light Opera, Amarillo Opera and Opera New Jersey.

Soprano, Megan Nielson, returns to Opera Ithaca in the role of Donna Anna after singing Judith in last season’s Bluebeard’s Castle. NYC tenor, Brandon Snook sings the role of Don Ottavio, local favorite David Neal sings Leporello, Opera Ithaca General Director, Zachary James sings the Commendatore after previously singing the role with Central City Opera and recent Ithaca College graduates, Nathan Haltiwanger and Ashley Carver take on the roles of young lovers, Masetto and Zerlina. Tucker Davis choreographs and Richard Montgomery will music direct and conduct the orchestra.

Don Giovanni will be presented with a twelve person chorus made up of Ithaca College music students and member of the Opera Ithaca Apprentice Artist program.

Opera Ithaca’s production of Don Giovanni will play Ithaca’s Community School of Music and Arts Ballroom Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th at 8pm each evening. This production is Rated R for nudity, violence and sexual content.

Opera Ithaca was founded in 2014 by Artistic Director, Lynn Craver and General Director, Zachary James.

Opera Ithaca has previously produced Bluebeard’s Castle, Il Sogno and several concerts and events in Ithaca, Rochester and Syracuse.

Following Don Giovanni, Opera Ithaca will produce a New Year’s Eve Gala performance of Die Fledermaus at the Unitarian Church as well as the world premiere of Billy Blythe, an operaticportrayal of the teenage years of Bill Clinton to play the Kitchen Theatre in April 2016.

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Jolene Almendarez

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