Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Don Giovanni. It was last on stage 12 June—3 July 2015 as part of the Summer 2014/15 season.
The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. But when Don Giovanni commits murder, he unleashes a dark power beyond his control.
Don Giovanni continues to seduce and betray with his usual rapacity. Haunted by the ghost of the murdered man, he decides to invite him to dinner. The ghost urges him to repent – but Don Giovanni will not.
Mozart’s Don Giovanni – first staged in 1787 – offers boundless scope for directors. Kasper Holten's interpretation focuses on the power of the creative imagination. Don Giovanni is cast as an artist who seduces an endless stream of women through his ability to create wonderful illusions. His catalogue of sexual conquests is a vain attempt to escape his own mortality, and ultimately comes at a high price.
Holten’s production is rich in both colourful comedy and exhilarating drama. Set designs by Es Devlin (Les Troyens) and costume designs by Anja Vang Kragh (Stella McCartney, John Galliano for Christian Dior), with video projections by Luke Halls and choreography by Signe Fabricius, portray the visually entrancing world of Don Giovanni. At the heart of the production are the beauty and invention of Mozart’s dazzling score, which ranges from gorgeous arias and dramatic duets to the brilliant layering of dance melodies that bring Act I to a virtuoso close.
News and features
4 July 2015
What did you think of our live relay of Kasper Holten's production of Mozart's tragicomedy.
3 July 2015
Kasper Holten's Royal Opera production of Mozart's iconic opera is live-streamed from 7pm BST on 3 July 2015.
23 June 2015
See Kasper Holten's visually striking production of Mozart's tragicomedic opera for free at venues around the country.
13 June 2015
What did you think of Kasper Holten's production of Mozart's tragicomedy?
11 June 2015
Mozart’s masterpiece has more than its fair share of alternative endings.
5 June 2015
The great seducer's tongue-twisting Act I aria reveals his irrepressible energy and love of life.
Don Giovanni [dɔn dʒoˈvanni] (K. 527; complete title: Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, literally The Rake Punished, or Don Giovanni) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the Teatro di Praga (now called the Estates Theatre) on October 29, 1787. Da Ponte's libretto was billed, like many of its time, as dramma giocoso, a term that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements. A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently tenth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers.