Palm Beach Opera serves up a striking, film noir “Don Giovanni”
"Don Giovanni’s brand of swinishness is so universal that the opera translates smoothly into other eras. In a production that opened Friday at the Kravis Center, stage director Kristine McIntyre’s smart, witty film noir approach updates the work to an American city of the 1950s, in a distinctly cinematic spectacle with fedoras, trench coats, handguns and long black shadows on gray city buildings." -South Florida Classical Review
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REVIEW: Palm Beach Opera’s reworked ‘Don Giovanni’ outstanding
"For Palm Beach Opera’s intriguing and thought-provoking production that opened Friday at the Kravis Center, director Kristine McIntyre has rethought the work as a 1940s Hollywood film noir. . . McIntyre and conductor David Stern have trimmed out approximately 30 minutes of the score, including two solo arias and the entire moralizing epilogue. Yet it works surprisingly well. R. Keith Brumley’s black-and-white sets and Marcus Dilliard’s lighting enhance the existential ambience. With a cast of accomplished singers who can also act out their roles, the result is a unique theatrical experience that should not be missed." -Palm Beach Daily News