UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic opera “Don Giovanni” March 29-30 and April 1 in Aycock Auditorium.

The opera follows the escapades of the nobleman Don Giovanni, a manipulative playboy whose exploits leave behind a trail of people looking for revenge. The work is considered among the best of the genre, said David Holley, a UNCG music professor and director of the UNCG Opera Program. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 29-30 and at 2 p.m. April 1.

“To many people, Mozart was one of the greatest opera composers of all time,” Holley said. “We had not programmed one of his operas as the Spring Opera since 2002, when we did ‘The Magic Flute,’ and I have been anxious to get back to doing Mozart. We choose our shows based on the very talented singers we have in our program, and it has not been until this year that all of the pieces fell into place and we have just the right combination of singers to mount ‘Don Giovanni.’”

The UNCG production is loosely set in the 1950s and will emphasize the destructive nature of Don Giovanni’s actions on others and eventually himself, Holley said.

This spring opera marks the first time UNCG Opera has produced “Don Giovanni” in almost 20 years. “The last time we did this opera at UNCG was 1994. We rented the scenery, so many of our artistic choices were made for us,” Holley said. “This time with, a great design team of Deborah Bell, Randy McMullen, and Alex Ginder from the UNCG Theatre, we were able to determine the look and the feel of the show from the ground up.”

Tickets are $23 and may be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu or by calling 336-334-4849 Monday-Friday between noon and 5 p.m., at campus box office locations. Discounted rates are available for seniors, students, UNCG alumni and groups of 10 or more.

Photo information (L-R): Jourdan Laine Howell  as Donna Elvira; David Weigel  as Leporello; and Scott MacLeod as Don Giovanni