Los Angeles Opera Theater




Johanna Dordick
Founder & General Director

Don Giovanni

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Henry Holt

Stage Director
Hans Hartleb

Stage Designer
Miguel Romero

Costume Designer
Andreas Reinhardt

Lighting Designer
Russell Pyle

Associate Conductor
Randolph Mauldin

Chorus Director
Nick Strimple

Wigs & Makeup
Charles Elsen & Associates
Dennis Bergevin, Director

Scenery Executed by
Giatheatrics & Sets L.A.

Lighting Executed by


Don Giovanni

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Edited for the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe by Wolfgang Plath and Wolfgang Rehm.
By Arrangement with Magnamusic-Baton, Inc. for Baerenreiter-Verlag, publisher and copyright owner.

Tuesday July 9, 1985
Friday July 12, 1985
Saturday July 13, 1985

Los Angeles Opera Theater Opera Orchestra

Leporello   Michael Gallup
Don Giovanni Jeffrey Wells*
Donna Anna Kay Griffel*
Commendatore Francesco Sorianello*
Don Ottavio Jonathan Mack
Donna Elvira Constance Cloward*
Zerlina Deborah McClung*
Masetto Richard Cowan*

Peasants, musicians, dancers and demons

The action takes place in 17th Century Seville.

First performed at the National Theater, Prague, on October 29. 1787. 
First performed by Los Angeles Opera Theater on July 9, 1985 at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles.

*Opera Theater debut

Los Angeles Opera Theater's production of DON GIOVANNI is dedicated to Johanna Dordick. This entire season was planned under her direction and it was through her vision and remarkable efforts that Los Angeles Opera Theater came into being. She has made an outstanding contribution to the development of opera in Los Angeles.
NOTE: Dordick had resigned prior to the opening of Don Giovanni, the first production of the new Season. The balance of the Season -- which had been planned, budgeted and contracted by Dordick -- was to include:

A new production of Alban Berg's LULU (Three-Act version) directed by Hans Neugebauer; Mezzo Soprano Susan Quittmeyer (a favorite of LAOT audiences) in Concert; and new productions (double bill) of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci starring Jon Vickers and staged by Frank Corsaro.

After several postponements by the new management under Henry Holt, the board of directors cancelled those events. (See LAOT History, Part II).