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Watch Don Giovanni on demand

Kasper Holten's production of Mozart's opera was broadcast live and for free on BP Big Screens across the UK, and across the world on YouTube.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

3 July 2018 at 12.04pm | 22 Comments

The Royal Opera's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni was broadcast live to BP Big Screens across the UK on 12 July 2018 at 7pm.

The performance was available to watch on demand on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel, and OperaVision but is now no longer available.

The story

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.

The music

Mozart’s opera features some of his best-known music, including technical ensembles and beautiful arias. One of the highlights is Giovanni’s energetic Champagne Aria.

The relay saw the Royal Opera House Orchestra led by Marc Minkowski. The cast includes Mariusz Kwiecień in the title role, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Leporello, Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Donna Anna, Pavol Breslik as Don Ottavio, Hrachuhi Bassenz as Donna Elvira, Chen Reiss as Zerlina, Anatoli Sivko as Masetto, and Willard W. White as the Commendatore.

The production

Kasper Holten’s production had its world premiere in 2014. The set, designed by Es Devlin (Les TroyensSalomeRise 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.

Review and competition

After the relay, published a roundup of the audience tweets shared using the hashtag #ROHdongiovanni.

Audiences had the opportunity to win a selection of DVDs by sharing their picnic pic summer selfies from venues around the UK. Tweet or Instagram your pictures with the hashtag #ROHdongiovanni for the chance to win.

Find your nearest BP Big Screens broadcast.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

3 July 2018 at 12.04pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BP Big Screens, by Kasper Holten, don giovanni, livestream, opera, OperaVision, YouTube

This article has 22 comments

  1. Evangelina Perez responded on 6 July 2018 at 3:53pm Reply

    I will watch it from Seville (Spain) so I think that will take part at 6 Spanish time.

    • Rafael Banús Irusta responded on 12 July 2018 at 5:41pm

      Creo que es a las 19'00, con la hora de diferencia.

  2. Magelone responded on 8 July 2018 at 7:49pm Reply

    If the lifestream begins at 19.00 BST (British Summer Time) then it will begin at 20.00 in Spain, since on the continent you are 1 hour ahead of Britain.

  3. Jennifer Riley responded on 9 July 2018 at 12:47am Reply

    Ooh, thanks.

  4. Alicia Tessari Neiman responded on 9 July 2018 at 8:45pm Reply

    I'll watch it from Virginia, USA.

  5. Seán Donnelly responded on 9 July 2018 at 9:11pm Reply

    I will watch/listen to this gem. What’S not to like about it.

  6. Maggie Ford and Di Mattin responded on 11 July 2018 at 8:39pm Reply

    We will watch in Catalunya, just south of the Pyrenees.Looking forward to it!

  7. Rosemary Morissey responded on 12 July 2018 at 1:27am Reply

    Would not miss this. Mariusz Kwiecien is the
    best Don since Cesare Siepi. Nothing alike but the best!

  8. Rosie responded on 12 July 2018 at 1:10pm Reply

    Will I be able to watch a replay of the lifestream after it's finished? Unfortunately I will be working this evening!

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 12 July 2018 at 3:12pm

      Hi Rosie,

      Yes, the stream will be available for 30 days on YouTube.



  9. Enid Lovett responded on 12 July 2018 at 4:29pm Reply

    Looking forward to seeing this production in Brighton UK. Getting picnic ready now

  10. Schuster responded on 12 July 2018 at 4:49pm Reply

    Good memories of last year´s Turandot-excited to take part again- Thanks,ROH

  11. Gus responded on 12 July 2018 at 5:11pm Reply

    What must I do in order to stream tonight’s performance on YouTube. Can you give me some instructions please. Will this be an HD transmission?

  12. Roberto responded on 12 July 2018 at 6:47pm Reply

    I will watch it on my Yacht.
    I do hope the signal will be strong enough.
    Don Giovanni is a figment of Da Ponte's fantasia with Zacomo his friend on hand. Not very plausible really but an essay sulla liberta' e sull'evasione concomitante

  13. So wonderful! Great singers, nice set, lovely costumes. What could be better for summer evening than great production of Don Giovanni!

  14. Chris Macrae responded on 12 July 2018 at 9:10pm Reply

    The live stream has now been frozen for over 45 minutes. Does anybody know what os happening?

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 12 July 2018 at 9:30pm

      Hi Chris,

      I can confirm we don't have any technical issues from our end. It could be a bandwidth issue - does it work if you refresh the page?

      If not, the stream is available for 30 days following the broadcast.

      Sorry for the inconvenience.


  15. Phenomenal--what magic and a miracle that we can watch live from all over the world! I watched from little hamlet in WA State close to the Canadian border while my daughter watched from the park in London!. SO grateful to everyone who made this possible

  16. Just watched the life relay on YouTube - what a wonderful idea, so simple to connect, and such amazingly high quality of sound and vision. A wonderful production - the lighting design was truly extraordinary. Bravi to all the artistes and musicians, superb performances. Many, many more of these relays please ROH, a wonderful treat!

  17. Gus Brown responded on 13 July 2018 at 8:39am Reply

    I am perplexed as to why Kasper Holten felt it necessary to do away with the ending of this great opera and to cut out the last glorious moments in the music. Not to have the opera reach its natural denouement with the finale achieving resolution for the remaining characters left in the drama was extremely disappointing, I felt short-changed.

  18. Ari responded on 30 July 2018 at 12:15pm Reply

    Hello! Is there any way to get subtitles or captions for the opera? Thank you :)

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