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Seattle Opera announces the cancellation of the summer opera Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana. Read the statement from General Director Christina Scheppelmann to learn more about the cancellation and your tickets. 

Don Giovanni

Man. Myth. Monster.

Jan. 16–30, 2021

Overview

Okulitch sings with richness, vigor and subtle lyricism and brings a dark, brooding quality to the character.”

The New York Times

Bybee carried the show with his smoldering characterization, sung with his formidable baritone.”

Philly.com


Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

What goes around comes around on Mozart’s carousel of karma. Legendary libertine Don Giovanni is skilled in seduction yet lacks a moral compass, thoughtlessly moving from conquest to conquest, even murdering without remorse. But a dark fate will bring his joyride to a shocking conclusion, leaving the survivors who knew him forever changed. Filled with varied and evocative music of perfect elegance, Mozart’s complex creation stands apart as his boldest masterpiece.

Staged and conducted by female artists, an all-new production brings unique insight to a timeless portrait of the ultimate predator. Glamourous costumes combine period silhouettes with modern sensibility. The action plays out on a multifaceted carnival ride whose chic exterior promises pleasure and abundance while concealing a rotten core.

Performance Information

Performance Information

In Italian with English Subtitles
Performance Time: 3 hours and 25 minutes including one intermission

Performed at McCaw Hall | 321 Mercer Street | Directions & Parking

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Movie-style Rating: PG-13

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Cast

Daniel Okulitch

Don Giovanni

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ennis Del Mar, Brokeback Mountain (New York City Opera); Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni (Michigan Opera Theatre); General Groves, Doctor Atomic (Santa Fe Opera)
Upcoming: Protector, Written on Skin (Opéra de Montréal); Demetrius, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Tokyo New National Theatre); Master, Omar (Spoleto Festival USA)

Last Updated: December 2019

Daniel Okulitch

Don Giovanni

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 16, 20, 24, & 30

Jared Bybee

Don Giovanni

At Seattle Opera 2020/21: Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Modesto, CA
Seattle Opera Debut 
Recently: The Pilot, The Little Prince (Utah Opera); Lescaut, Manon Lescaut (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Arizona Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Jared Bybee

Don Giovanni

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 17, 23, 27, & 29

Vanessa Goikoetxea

Donna Anna

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Nedda, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Durango (Bizkaia), Spain
Seattle Opera Debut: Micaëla, Carmen ('19)
Recently: Giselda, I Lombardi (ABAO); Jenny Smith, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Korea National Opera); Mimì, La bohème (ABAO)
Upcoming: Vitellia, La Clemenza di Tito (Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona); Violetta Valery, La Traviata (Teatro de la Maestranza)

Last updated: December 2019

Vanessa Goikoetxea

Donna Anna

Jan. 16, 20, 24, & 30

Laura Wilde

Donna Anna

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Donna Anna, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Watertown, South Dakota
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Jenůfa, Jenůfa (Santa Fe Opera); Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Staatstheater Stuttgart); Gretel, Hänsel und Gretel (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Upcoming: Sieglinde, Die Walküre (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Marguerite, Faust (Staatstheater Stuttgart); Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (Berkshire Opera Festival)

Last Updated: December 2019

Laura Wilde

Donna Anna

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 17, 23, 27, & 29

Keri Alkema

Donna Elvira

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni 

Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Seattle Opera Debut: Elisabetta, Mary Stuart ('16)
Recently: Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Washington National Opera), Foreign Princess, Rusalka (Canadian Opera Company), Title Role, Madama Butterfly (Teatro Carlo Felice)

Last updated: December 2019

Keri Alkema

Donna Elvira

Jan. 16, 20, 24, & 30

Helena Dix

Donna Elvira

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Alice, Falstaff (Metropolitan Opera); Norma, Norma (Melbourne Opera) Iris, Iris (Scottish Opera)
Upcoming: Aida, Aida (Winslow Hall); Queen Elizabeth, Roberto Devereux (Chelsea Opera); Lady Macbeth, Macbeth (Melbourne Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Helena Dix

Donna Elvira

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 17, 23, 27, & 29

Anthony Clark Evans

Leporello

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Leporello, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Owensboro, KY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Lescaut, Manon Lescaut (San Francisco Opera); Sharpless, Madame Butterfly (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Zurga, The Pearl Fishers (Santa Fe Opera)
Upcoming: Brander, Damnation de Faust (Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra); Sharpless, Madame Butterfly (Opera Philadelphia); Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (New Generation Festival/Andermatt Concert Hall)

Last Updated: January 2020

Anthony Clark Evans

Leporello

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 16, 20, 24, & 30

Michael Sumuel

Leporello

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Leporello, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Odessa, TX
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (San Francisco Opera); Alidoro, Cinderella (Norwegian National Opera)
Upcoming: Escamillo, Carmen (Norwegian National Opera); Allan, Le Roi Arthus (Bard Summerscape); Soloist, Missa Solemnis (Pittsburgh Symphony)

Last Updated: December 2019

Michael Sumuel

Leporello

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 17, 23, 27, & 29

Edgardo Rocha

Don Ottavio

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Rivera, Uruguay
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ernesto, Agnese (Teatro Regio di Torino); Don Narciso, Il turco in Italia (Opernhaus Zürich); Graf von Libenskopf, Il viaggio a Reims (Sächsische Staatsoper)
Upcoming: Don Narciso, Il turco in Italia (Teatro alla Scala); Giacomo/Uberto, La donna del lago (Theater an der Wien); Don Ramiro, Cinderella (Grand-Théâtre de Genéve)

Last Updated: December 2019

Edgardo Rocha

Don Ottavio

Jan. 16, 20, 24, & 30

Miles Mykkanen

Don Ottavio

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Bessemer, MI
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Second Apprentice, Wozzeck (Metropolitan Opera); Flute, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Opera Philadelphia); Brighella, Ariadne of Naxos (The Cleveland Orchestra)
Upcoming: Candide, Candide (Opéra de Lausanne); Steersman, The Flying Dutchman (Canadian Opera Company); Arnalta/Nutrice, The Coronation of Poppea (Festival d'Aix en Provence)

Last Updated: December 2019

Miles Mykkanen

Don Ottavio

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 17, 23, 27, & 29

Jasmine Habersheim

Zerlina

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Zerlina, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Macon, GA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Adina, The Elixir of Love (Phoenicia Festival of the Voice);
Katie Jackson, World Premiere: The Fix (Minnesota Opera);
Pip, Moby Dick (Opera San Jose)
Upcoming: Frasquita, Carmen (Gran Teatro del Liceu); Sarah Ruth, World Premiere: Edward Tulane (Minnesota Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Jasmine Habersheim

Zerlina

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 29, & 30

William Thomas

Masetto

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Masetto, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Harpenden, England
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Snug, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Vienna State Opera); Nicholas, Vanessa (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Shepherd, Pelléas et Mélisande (Garsington Opera)
Upcoming: Don Fernando, Fidelio (Garsington Opera); 1st Priest / 2nd Man in Armour, Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne Festival Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

William Thomas

Masetto

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 29, & 30

Kenneth Kellogg

Commendatore

At Seattle Opera 2020/21: Commendatore, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Richmond, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ulderico & Zenovito, Sigismondo (Capella Cracoviensis); Sam, Un ballo in maschera (Opera de Oviedo); Father, Blue (Glimmerglass Festival)
Upcoming: Father, Blue (Washington National Opera); Crown, Porgy & Bess (Washington National Opera); Father, Blue (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last Updated: December 2019

Kenneth Kellogg

Commendatore

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 29, & 30

Creative Team

Lidiya Yankovskaya

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don Giovanni

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Moby-Dick (Chicago Opera Theater); Taking Up Serpents (Washington National Opera); Pia de' Tolomei (Spoleto Festival USA)
Upcoming: Freedom Ride (Chicago Opera Theater); Edward Tulane (Minnesota Opera); Don Giovanni (Gimmerglass Festival)

Last Updated: December 2019

Lidiya Yankovskaya

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Brenna Corner

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don Giovanni

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Hansel & Gretel (San Diego Opera); La bohème (Calgary Opera)
Upcoming: La bohème (Kentucky Opera); Don Giovanni (Opera San Antonio)

Last Update: January 2020

 

Brenna Corner

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Mimi Lien

Scenic Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don Giovanni

Hometown: New Haven, CT
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Pelleas and Melisande (Severance Hall); Die Zauberflöte (Staatsoper Unter den Linden)
Upcoming: Don Giovanni (Glimmerglass)

Last Update: December 2019

Mimi Lien

Scenic Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Erik Teague

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don Giovanni

Hometown: Cartersville, GA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Blackbeard (Signature Theatre); The Cunning Little Vixen (Glimmerglass Festival); Titus Andronicus (Synetic Theater)

Last Updated: December 2019

Erik Teague

Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Robert Wierzel

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Don Giovanni

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Turn of the Screw ('94)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Semele (’15); Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); La bohème (’13), Lucia di Lammermoor (’10); Aida (’08) 
Recently: Rigoletto (Houston Grand Opera); The Ghosts Of Versailles (Château de Versailles Spectacles); Shout Sister Shout! (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Upcoming: Salome (Atlanta Opera); Samson & Delilah, Don Giovanni, Blue (Washington National Opera); Deep Blue Sea (Park Avenue Armory)

Last Updated: October 2019

Robert Wierzel

Lighting Designer

Eric Sean Fogel

Choreographer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Choreographer, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Seattle Opera Debut: Choreographer, Porgy and Bess ('18)
Recently: Choreographer, Candide (Los Angeles Opera); Assistant Director, Norma (Metropolitan Opera); Choreographer, The Cunning Little Vixen (Glimmerglass Festival)
Upcoming: Choreographer, Florencia en el Amazonas and Pearl Fishers (Houston Grand Opera); Choreographer, The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (Washington National Opera); Associate Director, West Side Story (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last updated: July 2018

Eric Sean Fogel

Choreographer

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella, Eugene Onegin, La bohème
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana, The Elixir of Love, Don Giovanni, Tosca

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Chorusmaster, Eugene Onegin (‘20); Pianist, Recitals with Melody Wilson and Angela Brown (’20), and Three Singing Sisters (’19)
Upcoming: Chorusmaster, Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana and The Elixir of Love and Pianist, Angela Meade and Jamie Barton in Concert (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: February 2020

John Keene

Chorusmaster

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