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Alan Gilbert To Conduct Met Don Giovanni

Alan Gilbert 

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct The Metropolitan Opera's Don Giovanni next season, The Met announced on February 12. Peter Mattei will sing the title role.

In 2008 Mr. Gilbert led John Adams's Dr. Atomic at The Met. In 2012 the DVD won the Grammy for Best Opera Recording.

Fred Plotkin, on WQXR's Operavore blog, said: "I am thrilled that Alan Gilbert will cross Lincoln Center Plaza from the New York Philharmonic for Don Giovanni. He did fine work on John Adams’s Dr. Atomic a few years ago."

Movie Music Mash-Up

A Dancer's Dream

On this date in 1926, the film Don Juan, starring John Barrymore, was released, featuring the Philharmonic on the sound track — the first time in history that a symphony orchestra was heard on a movie.

Fast forward to today:

The Phil presents THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic, September 17–21, with Alec Baldwin as Artistic Advisor

Also in September, the Orchestra will act, juggle, and perform on movie screens worldwide for the screening of the Phil's hit season finale event, A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky.

As for Don Juan, Alan Gilbert will conduct R. Strauss's musical depiction of the rogue in November, with Glenn Dicterow on the concertmaster solos during his Philharmonic farewell season.