Friday, May 27, 2011

Elliot Madore's Sexy Don in St. Louis; The Perry Twins Flashback

Elliot Madore in OTSL's Don Giovanni (Photo Ken Howard)
Elliot Madore had some big shoes to fill when he had to step in for Daniel Okulitch as Don Giovanni at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He also had to worry about satisfying those who were eager to see Okulitch in another production where he showed off more voice than costuming. From all accounts, Madore delivered both a vocally and physically stunning performance. In fact, there was so little clothing in some scenes that the local press felt it necessary to issue a warning.

According to Lew Prince of the Riverfront Times, "If for some reason you're tempted to tote your grade schooler to see Don Giovanni, you might want to rethink that. The production features significant nudity (male) and beaucoup rolling around. Giovanni's final debauch, in particular, looks like "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as depicted by Hieronymous Bosch."

A reader who was attending the St. Louis production sent us an email pointing out that we've never covered what he believed to be the sexiest performance of "Don Giovanni" ever, Peter Sellar's updated production with Eugene and Herbert Perry, who are actual twin brothers. This production was part of Sellar's critically-acclaimed updating of Cosi fan tutte, Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, all of which were once available on DVD.

Here are some pictures and a snippet of one of the sexier scenes:

Eugene Perry as Don Giovanni

Madore's performances of Don Giovanni run through June 25 in St. Louis. 

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