Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One presented a sneak peek on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 of the upcoming Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s weekend performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Our musical glimpse included baritone Christopher Burchett in the title role of Don Giovanni, with baritone Lee Poulis as his servant, Leporello; soprano Veronica Mitina as Donna Elvira; soprano Michelle Price as the understudy for Donna Anna; soprano Jessica Pray as Zerlina; tenor Jonathan Blalock in the role of Don Ottavio; and Samuel Wright as Masetto. Rehearsal pianist and coach, Dr. John Hollins, was at the piano.
They performed Leprello’s aria “Madamina, il catalogo e questo,” Don Giovanni and Zerlina’s duet “La ci darem la mano” and Donna Elvira’s “Ah! fuggi il traditor!” Don Giovanni performs “Finch’han dal vino” Don Ottavio performs “Il mio tesoro,” and Donna Anna sings “Non mi dir.” The podcast concludes with all seven singers performing the Act 1 Finale “Riposate, vezzose ragazze.”
Take a listen to the sneak peek below, and tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical’s Performance Iowa on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. for a live broadcast of the full Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.