Month: August 2015

Cascadia Concert Opera Presents “Don Giovanni,” an Opera by Mozart to Benefit the CCC Performing Arts Center

dongioGood news! You don’t have to wait for the Astoria Music Festival to come to town again to hear opera here. For an evening of fine performances and glorious music, don’t miss the Cascadia Concert Opera production, along with the North Coast Chorale, of  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Sunday, September 27, at 4:00 pm at the Clatsop Community College (CCC) Performing Arts Center which is located at 588 16th Street in Astoria. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Appearing as Leoporello (Don Giovanni’s servant who disapproves of his master’s excesses), is Deac Guidi who is a CCC voice faculty member. He’s also appeared regularly at the much-touted Astoria Music Festival for the last several years. In Don Giovanni, he’ll perform his vocal pyrotechnics to piano accompaniment.

Considered a groundbreaking, serio-comic masterpiece, Don Giovanni tells the story of a wealthy, charismatic Lothario – a reckless seducer of women who gets his just if untimely deserts. The work is considered by some to be the height of Mozart’s collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. Exploring as it does the duplicitous nature of humanity, the opera has captivated audiences for hundreds of years—it’s every bit as stirring today as it was in the 18th century. It is #10 in the list of operas most performed worldwide.

The pairing of Mozart’s exquisite music and da Ponte’s rather vulgar depiction of the legend of Don Juan—the quintessential rake and roué—has been called “a complex and electrifying opera that exemplifies Mozart’s mastery of the form.” According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “For Mozart, it was an unusually intense work, and it was not entirely understood in his own time. Within a generation, however, it was recognized as one of the greatest of all operas.”

Currently in its seventh season, Cascadia Concert Opera (CCO) is a non-profit performing arts organization based in Eugene. Its troupe of established and emerging professional singers and pianists afford it a rather unique identity as “a touring ensemble, presenting opera in intimate venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.” At its website, we learn that CCO “is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that engages communities through the vibrant musical storytelling of opera. Each year we present operas in the early fall and tour numerous cities throughout Oregon.”

This remarkable event is sponsored by Partners for the PAC — part of ongoing efforts to raise money for the continued operation of the facility as a venue for affordable public arts and educational offerings.