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Elza van den Heever, who makes her Santa Fe Opera debut next month in Don Giovanni, refuses to believe that Donna Anna is a damsel in distress: “She’s muchmore coy than anybody portrays her – or chooses to direct her. Obviously the backstory to the opera is that there was an attraction to Giovanni, and she’s flirty, and she’s young. She’s probably just like any other teenager – up to no good. I’m sure she’s had her fair share of indiscretions. Her downfall, of course, is that her father gets killed. It’s her remorse that makes her seem to be this quote-unquote ‘pathetic’ character, which I don’t believe she is at all.”

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