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Don Giovanni Opera Opens at Smothers Theatre

The Pepperdine University Flora L. Thornton Opera Program will present Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni, sung in the original Italian with English supertitles, at Smothers Theatre on the Malibu campus on February 23 and 25, at 7:30 PM.

Seduction, murder, and retribution propel Don Giovanni. In this reimagined production, the events of the story begin as Grammy Award nominees are gathering at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills in 1999. Don Giovanni, a young, arrogant, and promiscuous rock star, outrages the other musicians, their assistants, and hotel staff—until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit: his own demons.

Seaver College students from the cast of Don Giovanni were awarded first place in the Opera Division I category of the National Opera Association’s Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition at the annual national convention held in Santa Barbara on January 5, where they presented a scene from the show. The cast at the convention included Fernando Grimaldo, Preston Hereford, Hailey Hoffman, Natalie Leonard, Alexander Papandrea, Michelle Pina, Angelo Silva, Matthew Soibelman, and Turner Staton.

Henry Price, professor of music at Pepperdine University, will direct the student cast, and visiting professor of music Tony Cason will conduct the Pepperdine University Orchestra.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $20, and are required for attendance. For additional information about the performances, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.