Director explores dark paths for Tulsa Opera's 'Don Giovanni'

May 03, 2019 689

BY: James D. Watts Jr.

A man of wealth and privilege uses his position in society callously to manipulate and abuse others, with no concern for the emotional trauma he inflicts on his victims. It’s a scenario that sounds like the latest, lurid scandal coming out of Washington, D.C., or Hollywood, or even Oklahoma City.

In fact, it’s a story that is more than two centuries old, one that composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte transformed into one of the greatest operas of all time, “Don Giovanni.” “You don’t have to look very far to find examples of these things happening today,” said director Denni Sayers, who is overseeing Tulsa Opera’s production of “Don Giovanni.” “ ‘Don Giovanni’ may have premiered in 1787, but the story it tells speaks directly to the world today.”

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