Seth Carico is in our HAPPY AMPER SPOTLIGHT!
As Leporello in the recent DON GIOVANNI at Deutsche Oper Berlin, he offers insight into Mozart's infamous character as a guest blogger for AMPED UP OPERA.
You can read his thoughts on DON GIOVANNI by scrolling down, or CLICKING HERE.
With a reputation for electrifying performances, Seth personifies the exact kind of artist that Amps Up opera. We asked this Southern gentleman,
who now resides in Berlin,
four questions to usher in, or subdue, the Apocalypse.
AU: WHAT'S THE MOST OUTLANDISH STAGE DIRECTION YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED, AND DID YOU DO IT???
SC: I actually think the most ridiculous thing I've done onstage so far was in our production of Don Giovanni at Deutsche Oper Berlin. At Zerlina and Masetto's wedding party, when we enter to disturb the celebration, Giovanni goes to Zerlina, who is hoisted on the shoulders of chorus members. He begins to slowly caress her leg, and then he takes her shoe and throws it over his shoulder, where I am waiting with the big, black trash bag that contains all of Giovanni's mementos from his conquests. I catch the shoe in the bag, and then I proceed to climb inside the bag with the shoe and masturbate furiously throughout the next few lines of recitative (imagine the sound of the slapping plastic of the trash bag)! I then deposit the bag offstage right and bring a tattooed girl wearing nothing but a thong, platform heels, a ball gag, and whose arms and chest are wrapped tightly in plastic wrap back onstage with me. I proceed to hump her violently, leading up to Giovanni's line asking what I'm doing. You know, offering protection! I definitely did do this because in the context of this production, it makes perfect sense, and actually, it really is quite consistent with the original piece as well. Our production works very hard to bring out the conflict between what Giovanni forces Leporello to do and what Leporello is acutally comfortable with. In this case, he is expected to do this, and the extremity of the acts does a great job of highlighting both Giovanni's depravity and Leporello's impotence as a person.
AU: IF YOU COULD ASK MOZART ONE QUESTION, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
SC: I think my question to Mozart would be more of a request. I would ask if he wouldn't mind telling all the old-fashioned "traditionalists" to remember that he was very much, in fact, a modernist himself, and that if he were alive today, he would be thrilled with the inventive things being done with his work!
AU: WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT LIVING IN BERLIN?
SC:The best thing about living in Berlin is that no matter who you are, no matter what time of day it is, you can always find what you want out of this city. Other cities have a lot going on, but there really is no place on earth that has the depth of cultural appeal that Berlin has. The worst thing about living in Berlin is that it is so damned flat. I'm a mountain boy at heart, and it gets pretty hard sometimes to live without a more diverse terrain.
AU: IS THERE A ROLE FOR ANOTHER VOICE TYPE (AND/OR GENDER) YOU WISH YOU COULD PERFORM?
SC: There are actually a few roles I wish I could perform. I'd have to go with Captain Vere (Billy Budd), Elektra, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Peter Grimes, and maybe Joanne in Company!