PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Opera Festival returns for its fifth season this summer with a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Colonial Theatre, 111 South St.
Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 22 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and 28.
This production will star bass-baritone Andre Courville as Don Giovanni, a young and licentious nobleman; Erik Anstine as Leporello, Giovanni's servant; Laura Wilde, a 2019 Richard Tucker Foundation career grant recipient, as Donna Anna, the Commendatore's daughter; tenor Joshua Blue, who sings frequently at Washington National Opera, as Don Ottavio; and Joanna Latini in her company and role debut as Donna Elvira, a noblewoman from Burgos.
Also in the cast are John Cheek, Natalia Santaliz, and Brian James Myer. BOF artistic director and co-founder Brian Garman is conducting the Berkshire Opera Festival Orchestra and Chorus. BOF co-founder Jonathon Loy is stage director.
"This timeless work stands, for me, as Mozart's most brilliant masterpiece," Garman said in a news release. "Mozart achieves a deft balance of comedy and drama throughout. But what's uncanny is the way he portrays the inner emotional states of each character through their music. This was a major development for the time ... ."
"I do not see how in 2020 we can play Giovanni as a mortal man. His behavior is vile and inexcusable to a modern audience," Loy said in the news release. "I think making Giovanni a `Weinstein' character or anything of the like is just obvious and boring at this point. It seems to me that Giovanni must be Lucifer, the devil himself."
Tickets are now available through the Berkshire Opera website, berkshireoperafestival.org/don-giovanni, or by phone through the Colonial Theatre box office at 413-997-4444.