In Review: McIntyre and Larkin in Utah Opera's "Don Giovanni"
"Utah Opera has gone to the movies for its season closer, a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" reimagined as a 1950s film noir.Director Kristine McIntyre's 21st-century conception fits the 1787 masterpiece so well, it's a little surprising no one else has done it before. McIntyre not only has made savvy staging choices that bring the opera's ideas closer to home for modern audiences — including a surprise twist ending, which isn't easy to pull off when almost everyone in the opera house already knows how the story ends — she also collaborated on the smart black-and-white costume design with Utah Opera's Verona Green. . . The Utah Symphony, led by a stellar woodwind section, gives a first-rate performance of Mozart's luscious score under the direction of Christopher Larkin, who conducts from the harpsichord." -Salt Lake Tribune