January 21, 2010


NEC Opera Presents Mozart's Don Giovanni, March 12—14, 2010 at Cutler Majestic Theatre

Cast Features Dong Won Kim, First Artist Diploma in Opera Candidate

Staged by Guest Director Marciem Bazell

Dong Won KimNew England Conservatory presents Don Giovanni, Mozart's classic dramma giocoso, in a fully staged production, March 12—14 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. A virtually flawless work, Don Giovanni traces the amorous exploits of the charming but dissolute protagonist and the final terrifying consequences of his unregenerate, addictive behavior. John Greer conducts the all-student cast and orchestra and the production is staged by guest director Marciem Bazell.  The opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. 

Singing the role of Don Giovanni in the Friday and Sunday performances is baritone Dong Won Kim (in photo right), the first student admitted to NEC's new Artist Diploma in Opera program, created in conjunction with Opera Boston. Kim, a native of Korea who has already performed leading roles in Korean and Italian opera houses, appeared as Orbazzano in Opera Boston's production of Rossini's Tancredi last fall.  The baritone is recipient of the Wendy Shattuck '75 Presidential Scholarship in Vocal Studies.

Jean Bernard Cerin (Andrew Hurlbut photo) Baritone Jean Bernard Cerin '10 M.M. (in photo left) will sing the title role on the Saturday night performance. Cerin was featured in the January 31 Stand with Haiti concert co-presented by NEC and Longwood Symphony Orchestra. Cerin is the recipient of the Helen Haxton Stare Presidential Scholarship in Voice.

Guest stage director Marciem Bazell, who promises to delve into the core of Don Giovanni's psyche in this production, is Assistant Professor and Director of Opera at the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory. She has directed for such companies as the Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Illinois, The El Paso Opera, The Sylvan Opera of Philadelphia, Opera Delaware and the Fresno Philharmonic. She also staged opera productions and served on the faculty of two music schools in Philadelphia, The Curtis Institute of Music (1986-1999) and The Academy of Vocal Arts (1988-1999). Bazell's engagement is sponsored by the Mattina R. Proctor Visiting Artist Fund.

Performances of Don Giovanni take place Friday March 12 and Saturday, March 13, at 8pm, and Sunday, March 14, at 3pm. Tickets are $20 / $16 for students and seniors, and free with NEC i.d. WGBH members receive a 2-for-1 discount with i.d.  To order, click here or purchase in person at the Cutler Majestic Theatre Box Office, 219 Tremont Street, Boston, Mon–Sat, 10am–6pm or call 800-233-3123.

For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. 


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory

Don Won Kim photo by Clive Grainger, courtesy Opera Boston

Jean Bernard Cerin photo by Andrew Hurlbut