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Tenor Double Header: Talking Points For Opera Newbies
This weekend, L.A. Opera opens its season with a rarely staged work by Verdi (The Two Foscari) and a crowd pleaser by Mozart (Don Giovanni). Here’s what you need to know about both of them:
- An indie opera, The Two Foscari hasn’t been seen in this country for 40 years.
- Don Giovanni is the seventh most- performed opera in the world.
- Francesco Foscari is Plácido Domingo’s140th role but the first time he’s played the Venetian ruler.
- Mozart was a procrastinator; he finished Don Giovanni one day before its premiere.
- Venice’s aristocrats initially rejected The Two Foscari because they didn’t dig the way they were portrayed.
- Don Giovanni premiered in 1787 in Prague to public and critical acclaim.
The Two Foscari: Sept. 15-Oct. 9. Don Giovanni: Sept. 22- Oct. 14.
[Photograph of Verdi courtesy Wikipedia.org]