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Date: Apr 26, 2011
The Bronx Opera Company Presents Mozart’s "Don Giovanni"
May 20 and 21, 2011, at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse
A Fully-Staged Production, Performed in English, Accompanied by a 30-Piece Orchestra
Directed by Nicole Lee Aiossa; Artistic Director Michael Spierman
Introduce Your Children to Opera – One Child Under 12 Free When Accompanied by a Full-Price Ticket
Hempstead, NY … The Hofstra Cultural Center presents The Bronx Opera Company performance of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, the story of a remorseless nobleman and his supernatural comeuppance.
Show times are Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m., at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse. The opera will be fully-staged, performed in English, accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra.
Tickets are $30, $25 for senior citizens (over 65 with ID), $10 for students (with ID). A child under 12 gets in FREE with one full-price paid adult ticket. Hofstra faculty and staff may pay $20 each for up to two tickets and Hofstra students may pay $10 for up to two tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard.
For tickets or more information call the Hofstra Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
About Don Giovanni:
Skillfully combining the comic and tragic elements that are present in every interesting life, Mozart's brilliant score to da Ponte’s libretto recounts the adventures of a free-spirited, amorous and uncaring nobleman as reflected in the lives of the people they impacted, from the loyal, often cowering servant and companion with a conscience to the violated woman on an opera-long quest to identify and, with assistance from her fiancé, punish the murderer of her father.
Director Nicole Lee Aiossa is a native of Glen Cove, New York, who has been singing, dancing, acting and directing in New York City for the last 15 years. Coming from a strong musical theater background in middle school and high school, she followed her artistic goals and went on to study voice at New York University. With a bachelor’s degree in classical voice production, Nicole is primarily an opera singer, having performed in such productions as La Boheme (Musetta), Falstaff (Alice) Il Segretto di Susanna (Susanna), La Traviata (Violetta), Dido & Aeneas (1st Witch), The Impresario (Goldentrill), Carmen (Frasquita), Orpheus in the Underworld (Eurydice), Two Widows (Lidka), Don Pasquale (Norina), and numerous others.
Living in New York City, Nicole teaches theater, movement and singing around the area, for various children's organizations. She also teaches private movement and dramatic skills for professional singers in the New York City area. Her most recent projects include playing a zombie and a nun in Dysfunctional Theatre's A Cavalcade of Curiosities, directing and choreographing Mozart's Don Giovanni with Bronx Opera, and writing the libretto for a new opera titled "The Geek Opera", with composer Anwar Sawyer. She says of this production, “Don Giovanni is a dark piece, much darker than most companies dare to go with it, littered only in places with comedy and light. The characters are much more than just Comedia dell Arte types....they have layers and depth and real problems. The world in which they play, die and live is gritty, hard and unforgiving, and through all that, they must cope, move on and find a way to survive. I'm putting my own little 'stamp' on the opera, which I don't want to give away, but will leave you with this question: Are we slaves to fate, or do we chose our own destinies?”
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