The Camping Up of Mozart Or, Yo, Don Giovanni is one bad dude

The trademarks of a Peter Sellars production are that it's fresh, different, full of gags and surprises. Sellars did The Mikado with a character vrooming around on a motorcycle, and he set Handel's Orlando at the Kennedy Space Center. But a question remains: Do the elegant and aristocratic operas of Mozart really need to be jazzed up, gagged up, camped up and wrestled into the postmodern age?

The question now arises at the Pepsico Summerfare festival in Purchase, N.Y., where Sellars' versions of the three operas that Mozart wrote with Lorenzo da Ponte are all being restaged. The Marriage of Figaro...

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