PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: “‘Don Giovanni’ reigns supreme in world of opera”

Paul Croan previews the upcoming Pittsburgh Opera Don Giovanni production with Michael Todd in the title role. Click here to read the full article.

“Don Giovanni” is generally considered the greatest opera ever written (Kierkegaard called it the world’s greatest work of art). Its stature is due in part because it is many things to many people: a universal story about the world’s greatest lover (or a sexual predator, depending on your point of view) overlaid with Christian morality. “There are so many layers and levels,” Mr. Simpson says. “Don Giovanni is beautiful on the outside, not the other way around. He’d be a wonderful president,” the singer adds. “He knows what to say in any situation. He’d win every debate!”