Arts Corner

CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING: Lyric Opera ‘Giovanni’ exploits visual, emotional contrasts

By Paul Horsley
The Lyric Opera’s newish production of Don Giovanni, which opened September 26th at the Kauffman Center, embraces the opera’s light-dark contrasts in ways both external and internal. By setting the 1787 opera as a film noir the production opens up design possibilities that exploit the chiaroscuro nature of such movies as The Big Sleep and The Third Man. At one point, in fact, the Don casts a long shadow onto a big blank wall that seems a clear reference to the latter film.

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DEEP, DARK LOVE: Lyric uses classic cinema to cast light on Mozart anti-hero

By Paul Horsley
Don Giovanni: despicable misogynist, or dashing ladies’ man with anger-management issues? When the Lyric Opera’s creative team, led by director Kristine McIntyre and scenic designer R. Keith Brumley, set about to craft a fresh concept for Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s most troublesome opera, they sought a world with all the ambiguity and chiaroscuro of this dark villain/hero.

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