DON GIOVANNI IN NEW YORK
Original Text written by Andrew Bell
This will be a unique historical-based production, re-enacting events leading up to New York’s first Italian opera, celebrating the connection between Mozart’s librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, one of NY’s first Italian immigrants, Spanish bel canto expert Manuel Garcia, and his daughter, opera diva Maria Malibran. Blending selections from the music of Don Giovanni, which Da Ponte encouraged the Garcia family to present in 1826, as well as an original script based upon Da Ponte’s memoirs and Malibran and Garcia’s letters, we tell the story of the meeting of these three musical icons and their important contribution to Italian culture and the arts.
***This event is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor M. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.