January 31 – Operatic Disasters

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni, K.527: Don Giovanni, a cenar teco
At a 1958 performance, disaster struck smack in the middle of the Met’s production of Don Giovanni. It happened in Act II, just before the banquet scene in which the 20-foot granite commendatore comes to life. All of a sudden, and definitely not on cue, the backdrop went up and the huge backstage doors swung open to welcome a new set from storage. Talk about bad timing! Suddenly, audiences were transported from 18th Century Spain to East 55th Street, honking taxis and all.

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