23 June 2015 at 11.49am | 15 Comments
Before the relay, which will be presented by Dominic Peckham and Martha Kearney, you can find out more about the production with our free Don Giovanni digital guide, which contains specially selected films and articles about the production.
Charismatic lothario Don Giovanni, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello, seduces and betrays a stream of women. However, when he commits murder, his luck begins to change.
The story builds up to an iconic finale, reworked by Mozart for a second premiere and a source of much debate over two hundred years later. Find out more about the opera's alternative endings.
Mozart’s opera features some of his most iconic music, including technical ensembles and beautiful arias. One of the highlights is Giovanni’s energetic Champagne Aria. Find out more about the the Champagne Aria on our Musical Highlight blog.
The relay will see the Royal Opera House Orchestra led by Alain Altinoglu. The cast includes Rolando Villazón as Don Ottavio, Dorothea Röschmann as Donna Elvira, Simon Bailey as Leporello, Albina Shagimuratova as Donna Anna, Nahuel di Pierro as Masetto and Julia Lezhneva as Zerlina.
Kasper Holten’s production had its world premiere in 2014. The set, designed by Es Devlin (Les Troyens, Salome, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) with video designer Luke Halls (Król Roger), uses video projection to explore themes of reality and imagination, and the destructive nature of Don Giovanni as a character.
Watch Kasper Holten’s video diary series to find out more about the behind-the-scenes work that went into staging it.
Christopher Maltman as Don Giovanni, Julia Lezhneva as Zerlina, Rolando Villazón as Don Ottavio, Albina Shagimuratova as Donna Anna in Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni © ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper, 2015
Guardian journalist Stuart Heritage will be liveblogging the evening for the Royal Opera House. You’ll be able to read his thoughts on the performance from 6.30pm on this website.
Review and Competition
The production was revived for the first time this Season, opening on 12 June 2015. Read audience reactions to the opening night.
After the relay, we will publish a roundup of the audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHdongiovanni. Audiences will also have the opportunity to win a luxury picnic hamper by sharing their picnic pic summer selfies from venues around the UK. Tweet or Instagram your pictures with the hashtag #BPBigScreens for the chance to win.
BP Big Screens will return on 22 September with a live relay of The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet.