Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Don Giovanni Program

Did Edward Gorey ever sleep? After more than 40 years of actively searching for pieces created by Mr. Gorey it is still possible to run across an unfamiliar item with alarming frequency. This wonderful theatrical program, designed by Mr. Gorey to accompany a production of Don Giovanni in 1980 is such an item.

In 2016, Swann Auction Galleries sold a number of original set and costume designs by Edward Gorey from the production of Don Giovanni (goreyana.blogspot.com/2016/09/auction-news.html). Mounted by the Monadnock, New Hampshire Music Festival, the Mozart opera was directed by Peter Sellers. The program for the two night only production has a striking cover design by Mr. Gorey. A rose, which is opening to reveal a skull inside it, is surrounded by the title and dancing flames. Given the brevity of the performance run, these programs are understandably quite rare.

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