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Don Giovanni to be relayed live in cinemas across the world on 12 February

Digital Guide contains exclusive features, films and interviews to bring you closer to the production.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

6 February 2014 at 5.47pm | 8 Comments

Kasper Holten’s new production of Mozart’s brilliant Don Giovanni, starring Mariusz KwiecienAlex Esposito and Malin Byström will be relayed live in cinemas across the world on 12 February.

Before the relay, you can also find out more about the production with our Don Giovanni digital guide, which contains specially selected films, articles and exclusives to bring you closer to the production.

The Story

Mozart’s classic tragicomedy follows the tale of the charismatic but nefarious Don Giovanni. Irresistibly charming, he seduces a stream of women accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello.  However, when he commits murder, his luck begins to change. Find out more about the character of Don Giovanni.

The story builds up to an iconic finale. Find out more about the music that accompanies Don Giovanni's downfall.

The production

Kasper Holten’s new production explores the creative, seductive and destructive nature of Don Giovanni as a character, using video projection to play with themes of reality and imagination. Watch Kasper Holten’s video diary series to find out more about the behind-the-scenes work that went into staging it.

The set is designed by Es Devlin (Les TroyensSalomeChimericaAmerican Psycho the Musical) with video designer Luke Halls, with whom she has previously collaborated for work with Take That and Lady Gaga. Es was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.


Kasper Holten's Don Giovanni had its world premiere on 1 February. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.

Don Giovanni runs until 24 February. It is currently sold out, but returns may become available. A selection of day tickets are available to personal callers at the Box Office.

The opera will be screened live around the world on 12 February 2014. Find your nearest cinema and sign up for our mailing list.


By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

6 February 2014 at 5.47pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BBC, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Front Line, by Kasper Holten, cinema, Cinema relay, don giovanni, Front Line, Kasper Holten, live relay, mozart, Radio 4, screening

This article has 8 comments

  1. D.Setchell responded on 12 February 2014 at 7:54pm Reply

    It all sounds marvellous, but perhaps not to those who turned up at the Odeon, Barnet full of anticipation. Tickets were on sale up to the start time and, to our concern, people were coming out of the auditorium only five minutes before. A lot of (mostly senior) citizens stood for 20 minutes on stairs waiting to go in. Entering in what should have been the nick of time, we saw a blank screen. Apologetic staff said the audio was being received but no video. May or may not be true. A cynic might think that the theatre had been in use for another film and that there was no time to set it up properly. Other staff said it had NOT been working during a test relay well before, so lots of questions. No contingency backup presentation, a long wait on the stairs (again) for refunds. Back home in the wet to listen to a DVD. Not a good experience for anyone!

  2. Kevin Stagg responded on 12 February 2014 at 11:46pm Reply

    My wife and I saw it tonight at the Odeon, Port Solent. There were indeed problems with the sound and video during the interview and other sections before the opening. The opening froze for about 90 seconds. (Were techies rushing around exchanging modules?) But then the scene continued and there were no problems thereafter. We had a superb evening watching a wonderful production. I'm sorry that you missed it. Perhaps your cinema (and others, if the problem was widespread) can arrange a showing of the recording.

  3. Sally Gregg responded on 13 February 2014 at 10:56am Reply

    Plenty of notices on screen warning about possible disruptions due to the weather, but no problems in the relay to Bristol Showcase de Lux. Fabulous production, still buzzing with it today.

  4. Pamela Hampel responded on 13 February 2014 at 11:16am Reply

    Congratulations on the best performance of this opera I have ever seen. The last time I saw it was in Prague, pretty spectacular, but this was something else. Marvellous - the whole cast were terrific and I love the chat with the stars.

  5. Martin Dickey responded on 28 March 2014 at 3:40am Reply

    I've been browsing the web site and simply cannot find the cast list. Why is such basic information so hard to find?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 28 March 2014 at 9:16am

      Dear Martin

      Apologies, we are aware that it is not simple to find the cast sheets for our recorded screenings at the present time. We will be reviewing the user journey.

      For the moment, here is the page you are looking for:

      Best wishes


  6. Sylvia Morgan responded on 28 April 2014 at 6:32pm Reply

    I cannot find a cast list for Don Giovanni only the 2 singers playing The Don and Leporella. I`d be interested to know the names of the other singers
    Sylvia Morgan

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 May 2014 at 3:32pm

      Hi Sylvia,

      The casting was as follows:

      Conductor Nicola Luisotti
      Orchestra Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
      Don Giovanni Mariusz Kwiecień
      Leporello Alex Esposito
      Donna Anna Malin Byström
      Donna Elvira Véronique Gens
      Don Ottavio Antonio Poli
      Zerlina Elizabeth Watts
      Masetto Dawid Kimberg
      Commendatore Alexander Tsymbalyuk
      The Royal Opera Chorus


      ROH Content Producer

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