After Cinema Italiano Contemporaneo, our traditional Fall event, Circolo Italiano is now opening our Winter schedule with two delightful events. We start with a combination of a fabulous Matinee at the Opera and a lovely champagne luncheon at La Cumbre Country Club on Sunday, Nov. 8th. For this event Circolo Italiano is joining two Santa Barbara organizations, the French Network and the Cosmopolitan Club. You will find details and all necessary information in this post.
Then, on Saturday, December 5th, we will get together to celebrate the Holidays with a PRANZO DI NATALE (Xmas Luncheon) at 12:00 Noon at La Cumbre Country Club. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! Details coming your way in a few weeks.
THE OPERA: MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI
As you probably know, the opera genre originated in Italy during the Renaissance and was copied all over Europe for centuries thereafter. Mozart followed the fashion of his times and composed the delightful Don Giovanni using a libretto written in Italian by an Italian “librettista”. So this opera is sang in Italian!
It is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfang Amedeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the Teatro di Praga (now called the Estates Theater) on October 29, 1787. Da Ponte’s libretto was considered, like many of its time, a dramma giocoso, a term that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalog as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements. A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently tenth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide.
It is a fabulous opera for opera fans and a great way to be initiated into this very Italian musical genre!
Here are the details:
A CHAMPAGNE LUNCH AT LA CUMBRE COUNTRY CLUB
MATINEE AT THE OPERA
Sunday, November 8th, 2015
12:00 Noon for the Champagne Lunch at La Cumbre Country Club,
2:30pm for Don Giovanni at the Granada Theater
Lunch (ALL included) and opera (Section C seats or better): $90 per person, OR
Lunch (ALL included) and opera (Section D seats): $74 per person
DEADLINE TO RSVP: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015
HOW TO RESERVE AND PAY
BY CHECK – Please click HERE for a downloadable, printable RSVP form. OR
CREDIT CARD OPTION: choose which option applies to you by clicking on the little arrow in the “Option” box, choose the option that is right for you. Then click on the yellow button here below and follow directions.