My year started off in Valletta and the Teatru Manoel for the continuation of our Mozart/Da Ponte collaboration with my role debut as Don Giovanni. Malta is marked as a capital of culture for the European Union in 2018. The Maltese Islands have three sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List; the city of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. I was fortunate to travel to all three of these sites during my five weeks on the islands! February and March in Malta provide a great escape from the winter blues of New England, and the past two years have coincided with one of the largest celebrations on the island, Carnivale! The streets of Valletta are filled with fluorescent floats and psychedelic costumes accompanied by festivities with libations and pastizzi. The Maltese people know how to bring in the season of lent with this extravagant party!
The production was a contemporary spin on the traditional Don Giovanni. We set the production in Gotham City with a concept that was inspired by such films as Fight Club and American Physcho. We played around with the concept that Don Giovanni (Brad Pitt) was merely a figment in Leporello's (Edward Norton's) mind causing him to do what he could only fantasize about. We had an amazing time putting together this unique concept and the audience genuinely enjoyed the interpretation.
I was very fortunate that my parents made the trip for the first two performances and got to spend a week in Malta! We had a chance to explore the islands of Gozo and Malta and eat and drink our way around the islands!
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