Don Giovanni to continue Met series at UCA

CONWAY — A new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni will continue the 2011-12 season of Captured Live from the Met @ UCA at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

The opera will be aired in high definition in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus. It is sung in Italian with Met titles in English, German and Spanish. Running time is approximately three hours, 25 minutes.

According to, Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart’s timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage and with Fabio Luisi conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts.

Production is by Michael Grandage. Set and costume designer is Christoper Oram. Lighting designer is Paule Constable, with Ben Wright choreographing.

The UCA series, sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and Communication, also includes a new production of Wagner’s Siegfried on Nov. 6; Handel’s Rodelinda on Dec. 4; a new production of The Enchanted Island on Jan. 22; Wagner’s Götterdämmerung on Feb. 12; Verdi’s Ernani on Feb. 26; and Verdi’s La Traviata on April 15.

This is the sixth season of the Met’s series, which came to UCA in 2008. According to the Met, it has expanded its worldwide distribution to 1,600 theaters in 54 countries, the largest global audience the initiative has ever reached. Last year, a record of more than 2.6 million tickets were sold to opera lovers around the world, effectively quadrupling the Met’s paying audience.

Approximately 200 seats are available for each performance at UCA. General admission tickets are $15 for the public and $5 for students with valid I.D.

To order, call UCA Ticket Central at (501) 450-3265 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

The series is made possible by UCA’s arts fee.

For more information, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at (501) 450-3293, e-mail or visit or