MET Opera’s Mozart’s Don Giovanni Radio Broadcast: Sat., Feb. 16 at 1:00pm on WJOP-LP 96.3 FMFebruary 8, 2019
Live Broadcast of Mozart’s Masterpiece Don Giovanni
Radio Broadcast: Saturday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m. ET
The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Don Giovanni, Mozart’s dark comedy based on the legend of Don Juan. Luca Pisaroni stars as the rakish and unrepentant title character, with Ildar Abdrazakov as his put-upon servant Leporello, and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the wronged noblewoman Donna Anna. Making their network broadcast debuts are Federica Lombardi as Donna Elvira, Aida Garifullina as Zerlina, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio. Cornelius Meister also makes his network broadcast debut conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The performance will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 16th on WJOP-LP 96.3 FM Newburyport.
American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen has previously sung Donna Anna at Vienna State Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Semperoper Dresden, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. A winner of the Met’s 2010 National Council Auditions, she made her company debut as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in 2014 and returned to reprise the role in two subsequent seasons. Recent appearances have included Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Teatro Regio in Turin, Hélène in Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes at Semperoper Dresden, and Rosalinde in Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Later this season she will sing the title role in Dvořák’s Rusalka at San Francisco Opera.
Italian soprano Federica Lombardi makes her Met debut as Donna Elvira this season. She has sung Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Comunale in Bologna, and performed roles such as Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Bavarian State Opera and Rome Opera, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte at Bavarian State Opera, and the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at La Scala. This spring she gives her first performances as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo at La Scala.
Russian soprano Aida Garifullina makes her Met debut in this production as Zerlina, having previously sung the role at Vienna State Opera. A first prize winner of the 2013 Operalia competition, she has been seen as Leïla in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs des Perles at the Salzburg Festival, Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème at Paris Opera, and Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at Vienna State Opera. Upcoming engagements include Louisa in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery at Berlin State Opera, and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Vienna State Opera.
French tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac sings Don Ottavio this season for his Met debut, having also performed the role at San Francisco Opera. He has appeared as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Dutch National Opera, Paris Opera, and Zürich Opera, and as the Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. He recently sang Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata at Semperoper Dresden, and reprises Don Ottavio later this season at Paris Opera and Bavarian State Opera.
Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni makes his role debut as Don Giovanni this season, having given 19 Met performances in the same opera as Leporello. Since his company debut in 2005 as Publio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, he has also sung both Figaro and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Caliban in the baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Giorgio in Bellini’s I Puritani. Recent performances include Mustafà in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust at Teatro Real in Madrid, and Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio at La Scala. Other performances this season include Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at Berlin State Opera, his role debut as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and the young Lorenzo da Ponte in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix at Houston Grand Opera.
Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov has sung three roles in Don Giovanni at the Met: in addition to Leporello, he made his company debut as Masetto in 2004 and has given ten performances in the title role. Other company credits include Escamillo in Carmen, the four villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Henry VIII in Anna Bolena, the title character in Borodin’s Prince Igor, Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Assur in Rossini’s Semiramide, among others. Engagements this season also include the title role in Verdi’s Attila and Silva in Verdi’s Ernani at La Scala, and Ramfis in concert performances of Verdi’s Aida with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
German conductor Cornelius Meister makes his Met debut this season leading Don Giovanni. He has been chief conductor and artistic director of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2010, and this season he begins his tenure as general music director of the Stuttgart State Opera. He has led performances at the Vienna State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Zürich Opera, Bavarian State Opera, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among other companies. This spring at the Stuttgart State Opera he conducts Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg, Così Fan Tutte, and Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos.
The single intermission will include artist interviews.