Edwin Cahill - the Artistic Director of the Fireisland Opera festival - is an award winning director, actor, and producing artistic director. His recent directing credits include a reading at the Pearl Theatre Off-Broadway of a new adaptation of THE SEAGULL starring Tony award-winner Judy Kaye; the new world premiere production of Gluck's L'ARBRE ENCHANTE for the inaugural season of the Fire Island Opera Festival where he is also artistic director; a new production of Kurt Weill's DER PROTAGONIST for Shenandoah Conservatory, a Bollywood production of FIDELIO for Milwaukee Skylight, and a production of LA BOHEME for the Savannah Voice Festival with the Savannah Symphony.
He made his Lincoln Center debut as the assistant director for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program/Juilliard School production of DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES. Upcoming directing projects include DON GIOVANNI for the Savannah Voice Festival, INTO THE WOODS for Skylight Music Theatre and Kurt Weill's PROTAGONIST for Fire Island Opera's 2nd season.
Guiding the excellent company of expressive, freshvoiced singers in this little- known thriller were director Edwin Cahill and Music Director Bradley Moore, at the piano, assisted by Jody Schum. Evocative designs were by Charles Mary Kubricht (setting), Bradon McDonald (costumes and choreography), and Guy J.Smith (lighting)...The effective color scheme was strictly Expressionist film noir black-and-white. Blood-red cloths were added when the murder occured. Bass Jeremy Galyon completed the cast as the innkeeper, another sinister figure."
One of the highlights of the second annual Savannah VOICE Festival is the staging of "Don Giovanni" - one of Mozart's most popular operas.
The opera will be presented twice, on Aug. 3 and Aug. 5 at Christ Church. It is the story of Don Juan, the deeply immoral serial seducer. After committing a murder, Don Giovanni descends into hell.
"This is a full telling of 'Don Giovanni,' although it is slightly shortened to two hours," director Edwin Cahill says. "This is often done and none of the impact of the opera will be diminished."
The cast includes Mark Walters as Don Giovanni, Nathan Van Arsdale as Commendatore, Amy Shoremount-Obra as Donna Anna, Chad Johnson as Don Ottavio, Elizabeth de Trejo as Donna Elvira, Marco Nistico as Leporello, Matthew Morris as Masetto and Meechot Marrero as Zerlina.
The 18th-century opera will be performed with a chamber orchestra. A Spanish tale set in the 14th century, Cahill will tailor the story to fit Savannah.
"Historic Christ Church, which dates from Mozart's era, is the perfect backdrop for 'Don Giovanni,'" Cahill says. "We did not need to take over the environment, but actually installed the production so it works in harmony with the historic building."
Some of the characters will portray Savannahians.
"We have honored historic Savannah by making some of the cast represent high-profile people from Savannah's past, including James Oglethorpe and John Wesley," Cahill says.
The audience will be transported as soon as patrons walk in the church.
"When people arrive at Christ Church, they will be aware that it is set up for a wedding, that of Zerlina and Masetto," Cahill says.
"They will hear a Spanish ballad playing, which acknowledges the roots of the 14th-century story upon which Mozart based his opera.
"Our production is faithful to Mozart and we have introduced a soothsayer character, whic"