Don Giovanni

LA Opera presents Don Giovanni September 23-October 15, 2023 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Photo ID Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni, pictured in a performance at Houston Grand Opera/Photo Lynn Lane HGO)

  • By J. Cook

It is one of the most famous operas ever written (which just so happens to be about a libertine), with an opening score we’ve all heard in many scary movies (or funny movies when something goes comically bad). It concerns a promiscuous nobleman who abuses everyone in town, then meets his match in a… supernatural entity. Ya know—the whole reap what you so/evildoers get what’s coming—in other words, a tale as old as time.

Great news—the LA Opera is putting it on! They are even doing a simulcast September 23, 2023—and playing it outdoors on huge LED screens at the La Mirada Community Regional Park and the Santa Monica Pier. No tickets required, but we’d suggest to BYOP (bring your own picnic) and arrive early for pre-performance activities. And for all those who watch things at home with subtitles on, there will be subtitles in English and Spanish. I’m told you only need to read one or the other to enjoy the Italian opera. There is no scientific proof bilingual readers enjoy the opera more. Italians claim it is because their language is so dope, it sounds good with any translation.

If theater alfresco ain’t your thing, the show, led by James Conlon, starring Lucas Meachem, runs through October 15, 2023. 

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