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Thursday, June 02, 2005

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noname citizen

Spoleto's presentation of Don Giovanni is nothing less than provocative. I think that discussions about the complexion of the "Don Giovanni" in this production show why a director might specifically choose a singer not only for their proven talent, but because his color represents an interesting comment on issues of race, culture and the arts in the US. Concerns about reverse discrimination, which is a term that makes little sense because the performer did not higher himself, and the Spoleto board does not consist of mostly African Americans who forced this decision, are less important than the reality that Black Male leads present a problem in a still changing American culture. 50 years ago the actions seen in the staging of this year's Don Giovanni could have resulted in rioting or worse. All that being said, it is interesting that one of the most depraved and oversexed characters in opera literature is portrayed by a talented singer who is darker skinned and the use of Kentucky Fried Chicken causes no alarm, although W D Griffiths would understand, but the facts of hiring are called into question. May be decision in our culture makes Don Giovanni more disturbing, although we do not like to admit this. Good art makes us question and contemplate our understanding of the world, and for that reason, I think that Don Giovanni was very successful.

noname

Spoleto's presentation of Don Giovanni is nothing less than provocative. I think that discussions about the complexion of the "Don Giovanni" in this production show why a director might specifically choose a singer not only for their proven talent, but because his color represents an interesting comment on issues of race, culture and the arts in the US. Concerns about reverse discrimination, which is a term that makes little sense because the performer did not higher himself, and the Spoleto board does not consist of mostly African Americans who forced this decision, are less important than the reality that Black Male leads present a problem in a still changing American culture. 50 years ago the actions seen in the staging of this year's Don Giovanni could have resulted in rioting or worse. All that being said, it is interesting that one of the most depraved and oversexed characters in opera literature is portrayed by a talented singer who is darker skinned and the use of Kentucky Fried Chicken causes no alarm, although W D Griffiths would understand, but the facts of hiring are called into question. May be decision in our culture makes Don Giovanni more disturbing, although we do not like to admit this. Good art makes us question and contemplate our understanding of the world, and for that reason, I think that Don Giovanni was very successful.

noname

Good art makes us question and contemplate our understanding of the world, and for that reason, I think that Don Giovanni was very successful. Hiring issues would also put into question performances of Othello throughout the ages. All those who grew up in America and saw Don Giovanni in this new production in the South got it. The message was clear and important. This prodction of Mozart's opera could not have been presented 50 years ago for the same reasons that Banned Die Vogel.

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