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The Don Is Back!

Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI opens on April 25 at the Academy of Music.

Don Juan, one of fiction's most infamous scoundrels, returns to the opera stage in Philadelphia next week.  As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, Opera Philadelphia's latest production is also a showcase for singers who learned their craft in the city.

Some of the finest alums of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts are appearing on the city's most prestigious stage in the lavish production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Opera Philadelphia's Director David Devan says he cast for talent and not for any kind of down-home appeal.

Don Giovanni was described by Mozart as an opera buffa, blending elements of comedy, romance and the supernatural. This, says Devan, demands a lightness of touch.

Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni opens Friday, April 25, and runs through Sunday, May 4th at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Information here.

Listen to more of Jim Cotter's interview with Opera Philadelphia's Director David Devan.