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Don Giovanni Performed at U of M

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)
Don Giovanni

Dale DeWood (junior)

Lesley Friend (Artist Diploma student)
Donna Anna

Malcolm Cooper (Artist Diploma student)/ Philip Himebook (master’s student)
Don Ottavio

Amanda Woodward Boyd (MM’13)
Donna Elvira

Bethania Baray (doctoral student)/Jaci Skoog (BM ’13)

Jason Eschhofen (master’s student)

John Gates (Guest Artist)
Il Commendatore

Copeland Woodruff

Mark Ensley

Bethania sings to Jason in a scene

Jason Eschhofen and Bethania Baray perform Zerlina’s aria, “Batti, batti o bel Masetto,” during Don Giovanni.

small version of the nameplate for magazine

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Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music


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