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Opera's Bad Boy, "Don Giovanni," Returns to the Lyric

Baritone Christopher Schaldenbrand as Don Giovanni in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production.
Baritone Christopher Schaldenbrand as Don Giovanni in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production.

The central character in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" is the Don himself, a young nobleman with a list of more than two thousand female conquests. As the opera begins, this ladies' man has assaulted a young noblewoman and killed her father, and he's also trailed by jilted lovers. Don Giovanni's schemes and their consequences will be on display at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

By Laura Spencer

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-898289.mp3

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to Artistic Director and conductor Ward Holmquist, and baritone Christopher Schaldenbrand, who plays Don Giovanni.

Note: Deh vieni alla finestra ("Don Giovanni" - Mozart, sung by Christopher Schaldenbrand) courtesy of Guy Barzilay Artists

Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents
"Don Giovanni"
April 24, 28, 30 and May 2, 2010
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
sung in Italian with English subtitles

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Laura Spencer is staff writer/editor at the Kansas City Public Library and a former arts reporter at KCUR.
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