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Tomorrow is the last chance to see our very own Matthew Bissett’s charming and idiosyncratic production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Burnaby Lyric Opera. Once again teamed up with David Boothroyd, together he and Bissett have created a rich world, with a minimal set and only piano accompaniment. The strong and beautiful voices of the fantastic cast round out the fullness of performance.

The main set piece is an enlarged scroll, telling the story of Don Giovanni from his servant’s point of view. Incorporating “found” objects such as map fragments, this set piece serves both to offer information to the audience about setting and backstory, but also to engage us more directly with the experiences of the characters.

This production features Willy Miles-Grenzberg as Don Giovanni, supported by Arianna Sovernigo, Michael MacKinnon (who you should remember from last year), Melanie Krueger, Jeremy Griffin, Chloe Hurst Soprano, Jason Cook and Andrzej Jeziorski (both NSLOS alums). Cast bios are available here.

Playing at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby, closing night is March 5th and is well worth the $30 (adult) or $25 (student/senior) ticket.

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Matthew Bissett, director of NSLOS’s currently in rehearsal Ruddigore, has another show that has already gone to stage. Together with musical director David Boothroyd, Bissett has brought to life an updated version of Mozart & Da Ponte’s Cosi fan tutte (Women are like that) for Burnaby Lyric Opera.

The setting for this production has been radically transformed – it is the present, Fiordiligi and Dorabella are sorority sisters, Guglielmo and Ferrando are hockey players hoping to turn professional, Despina is the house-mother for the sorority and Don Alfonso, an old philosopher in the original, is a hockey coach. Incorporating texting and camera phones through the presence of a larger than life cell phone as the main set piece, this production is refreshingly modern.

Even passing familiarity with the original plot (some dude thinks women aren’t faithful, decides to prove it by sending the boyfriends away, and then bringing them back in disguise to seduce the abandoned girlfriends) shows how plainly misogynist and ridiculous it is. This production takes care to highlight the ridiculous aspects, to play the irony of the situations that were earnestly presented in the original, and to make a point beyond illustrating humanity’s intrinsic flaws, reaching for the more resonant message – summed up when Don Alfonso says, “Women are like … us?”

The production features an English translation of the lyrics, and stars Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Megan Morrison, Teresa Connors and Michael MacKinnon.

Playing at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby at 2:00 pm on March 3rd, and at 8:00 pm on March 4th & 6th, tickets can be purchased through the Shadbolt’s website.

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