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Our summer season culminates with Mozart's masterpiece Don Giovanni. Don't miss it!
Saturday, August 20, at 1:00 PM
Tuesday, August 23, at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 26, at 7:30 PM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

Approximate running time: 3 hours, 10 minutes including one intermission
Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Current COVID protocols can be viewed HERE
Don Giovanni is less than a week away, and we're profiling some of the artists involved to give you an inside view as opening approaches.

Making his Berkshire Opera Festival debut, bass-bartitone André Courville plays the title character in Don Giovanni, and according to OperaWire has a "full-bodied, rounded sound underpinned by an inviting warmth which is able to draw the listener towards him." André was interviewed recently as part of a preview in The Berkshire Eagle (Read the full article HERE). 

In the article, he says of his role as Don Giovanni, "It’s one of my dream roles, I’ve been waiting my whole life to do it. And there are very few places that really collaborate in such a deep way with singers.” According to the Eagle, "he heads a cast equipped with the talent and experience the company has consistently delivered."

Taking on the role of Donna Anna is soprano Laura Wilde, whom the The Dallas Morning News calls a "vocal powerhouse." Laura shared with us that “discovering the complex character of Donna Anna and singing this iconic music with my incredible colleagues, in the stunning background of the Berkshires has been nothing short of pure joy. I can’t wait to share this long-awaited production of Don Giovanni with the Berkshire community!”

In the role of Donna Elvira is mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, who told us she is "so excited to make my debut in this iconic role! Elvira is everything beautiful about humanity - strength, generosity, compassion, fallibility - and Mozart shows us this in the huge variety of colors and articulations she traverses throughout the evening. It’s a huge role to tackle and I’m so grateful to be getting it started here with the wonderful team at BOF!"

We are very fortunate to have these three consummate artists with us, along with the rest of the cast and creative team, who have been working tirelessly to bring BOF's production of Don Giovanni to life. Come see all the work they've done! Get your tickets HERE.

Prior to the Saturday, August 20 performance of Don Giovanni, there will be a free pre-performance talk with dramaturg Cori Ellison at 12pm (doors open at 11:45am) for all ticket holders. Gain insight into one of Mozart’s greatest works before curtain at 1pm.

Cori Ellison is a leading creative figure in the opera world and has served as staff dramaturg at Santa Fe Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, and New York City Opera. She is a member of the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School and Ravinia Steans Music Institute and has taught and lectured for schools, performance organizations, and media outlets worldwide. Cori's supertitles have been seen in all BOF mainstage productions since Madama Butterfly in 2016. 

We'd like to thank everyone who attended our free community concert High on the Ramparts: A Spotlight on Music of Black Composers last week at the Berkshire Museum. We hope you enjoyed our celebration of the music of Black composers spanning the past two centuries and the awe-inspiring performances by Kearstin Piper BrownJoshua Blue, and pianist Travis Bloom. Below are some pictures from the evening.

Travis Bloom, Joshua Blue, and Kearstin Piper Brown. All High on the Ramparts photos by Max Vadakin.
Make sure to tune in this Thursday, August 18, at 11am to hear Brian Garman (Conductor; Artistic Director/Co-Founder), Jonathon Loy (Stage Director; Director of Production/Co-Founder), and Laura Wilde (Donna Anna) discussing our 2022 season mainstage production Don Giovanni.
Listen HERE or on the radio.

In addition to the preview article in The Berkshire Eagle mentioned above, BOF has recently been featured in a variety of press outlets. See below for some headlines.

Berkshire Opera Festival aims to satisfy ‘a hunger for opera’ in the hills
Read the full article (for subscribers) HERE

BOF’s Co-Founders & Executive Director On the Festival Making Waves in New England
Read the full article HERE
Audience members at High on the Ramparts, photo by Max Vadakin.

Opera is a collaborative art form between the singers, musicians, creative team, and you! BOF's ability to bring world-class artists and performances to the Berkshires each summer is only possible because of the generosity of our donors.

Thank you for supporting BOF and playing your role in making our 2022 season possible.

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