This past spring, the award-winning University of Memphis Opera at the Rudi E. Scheidt School
of Music presented a contemporary look at the centuries-old libertine, Don Giovanni.
The production contained multi-media elements of pre-shot and live video as Don Giovanni
and his heavy, Leporello, chronicle all of the rake’s sexual escapades.
Sharing Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s vision of three worlds colliding in disharmony, the
show tightly packs in the upper economic society, the outsiders attempting to rise
up the ranks and the disenfranchised, homeless youth on the streets. Cloaked under
the blanket of night, the characters’ rollercoaster of a nightmare speeds toward an
abyss of self-doubt, guilt and confusion about their next step.
Don Giovanni Cast and Crew
Jonathan Hays (Guest Artist)
Dale DeWood (junior)
Lesley Friend (Artist Diploma student)
Malcolm Cooper (Artist Diploma student)/ Philip Himebook (master’s student)
Amanda Woodward Boyd (MM’13)
Bethania Baray (doctoral student)/Jaci Skoog (BM ’13)
Jason Eschhofen (master’s student)
John Gates (Guest Artist)