SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL UNVEILS DON GIOVANNI IN SAVANNAH – AUGUST 3rd & 5th 2014

SAVANNAH, GA – July 22nd

staged at historic Christ Church during the early part of the second annual Savannah VOICE Festival

which takes place from August 1st

“Don Giovanni” is one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most popular operas and Savannah audiences

will be able to see this remarkable performance at 5pm on Sunday August 3rd

August 5th

. The timeless story of the deeply immoral serial seducer Don Giovanni who is thwarted and

finally descends to hell has also been translated as ‘The Libertine punished’ and Director Edwin Cahill

has chosen to include the brief epilogue in which the moral of the tale is pointed out. A talented cast

takes a classical approach to this opera which is performed with a chamber orchestra within a slightly

abridged two hour format.

Cahill has taken a unique approach tailored to Savannah for this eighteenth century opera which is based

on a Spanish tale from the fourteenth century. Cahill comments “Historic Christ Church which dates

from Mozart’s era, is the perfect backdrop for Don Giovanni and we have honored historic Savannah by

making some of the cast represent high profile people from Savannah’s past including James Oglethorpe

and John Wesley”.

The Festival Opera Cast:

Don Giovanni, a dissolute nobleman – Mark Walters

Commendatore, an old nobleman – Nathan Van Arsdale

Donna Anna, his daughter – Amy Shoremount-Obra

Don Ottavio, her betrothed – Chad Johnson

Donna Elvira, a lady from Burgos – Elizabeth de Trejo

Leporello, Don Giovanni’s servant – Marco Nistico

Masetto, a peasant – Matthew Morris

Zerlina, a peasant girl, his betrothed – Meechot Marrero

Cahill describes the experience the audiences will enjoy on August 3rd

be as though they are attending the wedding of Masetto and Zerlina. Our production is faithful to Mozart

and we have introduced a soothsayer character which will also be a tribute to Savannah’s history. The

opera is minimalistic as characters take on their roles and there will be an intimacy about the production

as our cast interacts with the audiences”. Cahill concludes “I know that people will have a blast and

we encourage not only opera buffs but lovers of all music and drama to join us for this very special

production of `Don Giovanni’.”

2014 – The long awaited Festival Opera ‘Don Giovanni’ will be

– 17th

this year.

and 6.30pm on Tuesday

and 5th

: “When people arrive it will

The Sunday performance is followed by the Festival Opera Dinner at 7.30pm at the Westin Savannah

Harbor which offers the opportunity to meet the cast of the opera and features the annual Sherrill

Milnes VOICE Award which will be presented to opera legend, mezzo soprano Mignon Dunn.

Some tickets for “Don Giovanni” are still available for $43 each plus sales tax with a few places

also available for the Opera Dinner ($153 for both events or $110 for the dinner plus sales tax). To

buy tickets, join the VOICE Society or for more information about the VOICE Festival’s plans, visit

http://www.savannahvoicefestival.org, email info@savannahvoicefestival.org or call 855.76.OPERA

– ENDS –

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