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Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Don Giovanni

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

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

12 February 2014 at 5.01pm | 11 Comments

Kasper Holten’s new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, starring Mariusz KwiecieńAlex Esposito and Malin Byström, was screened live across the world on 12 February as part of our Live Cinema Season 2013/14.

The relay, which was presented by Bryn Terfel, included backstage films featuring rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and creative team. In case you missed them, or just want to find out more about the production, here they are again.

An Introduction

‘Don Giovanni is a story about a man who has seduced 2,065 women,’ says director Kasper Holten. ‘On the morning of one of his conquests, he gets stopped by the father of a woman he has just seduced and, in the ensuing fight, kills him. It is both a tragedy and a comedy - a farce that needs to move fast and be funny.’

Kasper Holten, conductor Nicola Luisotti and set designer Es Devlin discuss Mozart’s classic tragicomedy and the challenges in staging it, while members of the cast introduce their character in the opera.

Don Giovanni’s women and their music

Kasper Holten, Nicola Luisotti and singers Malin Byström, Véronique Gens and Elizabeth Watts introduce the three main female characters in Don Giovanni - Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Zerlina - as well as the different music that portrays their emotions.

‘These characters that Da Ponte etched in his libretto have all our frailties and everything we come across in our lives,’ says Elizabeth Watts, who sings the role of Zerlina, ‘and so they are still just as real today as they were when they were written.’

Read audience reactions to the cinema relay

The Royal Opera House Cinema Season relays our performances to over 1,100 cinemas in 29 countries around the world. The next live relay will be The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty on 19 March. Other productions in the 2013/14 Cinema Season include The Winter’s Tale and Manon Lescaut

This article has 11 comments

  1. Patricia Downing responded on 12 February 2014 at 10:52pm Reply

    Have just seen the live relay of Don G in Falmouth, Cornwall. It was beyond fabulous: one of those experiences which will stay with me forever. THANK YOU from the heart to EVERYONE who made it possible. X

  2. Ron Hastings responded on 12 February 2014 at 11:46pm Reply

    Fantastic and to be able to be part of the experience in the comfort of our cinema in The Heart of Hawick in the Scottish Borders was a triumph for technology. We are even getting used to clapping at the screen although it might take a few more interval drinks to be brave enough to give it the standing ovation it deserves.Thanks to all.

  3. Lynn Travis responded on 13 February 2014 at 12:08am Reply

    Just seen Don Giovanni at Cineworld in Ashton-under-Lyne. A wonderful night with better than front row seats. Loved the music, the set and the brilliant cast. Thank you ROH!

  4. NamikoNakamura responded on 14 February 2014 at 12:32am Reply

    Just wachted CinamaLive at Sapporo Japan,and... What an idea! Ink written dresses,amazing set design and concept,singers are so good and Mozart's music is always beautiful.Thank you for ROH's great creation. Very moved.

  5. Tony Goodall responded on 14 February 2014 at 11:01am Reply

    Watched in Hebden Bridge. Heart warming and memorable production, stunning performances. Outside, the weather was terrible but went home feeling joyous.

  6. Seen at Okehampton live stream. Fabulous production. In particular the performance from Antonio Poli was sublime, heartfelt and so moving.

  7. Gail Hall responded on 14 February 2014 at 7:42pm Reply

    I thought that the portrayal of the Don as a lover and not a murderer was wonderful. He had me at the 1st!

  8. Dani Kennedy responded on 17 March 2014 at 10:59pm Reply

    I watched this Don Giovanni at the ROH, twice, because it was the most beautiful, imaginative, challenging production of Don Giovanni I have ever seen. To see Donna Anna, not as the traditional victim, but more a willing participant in the the Dons games. For Zerlina to be less the simple country girl as tradition often dictates and instead be more socially ambitious and therefore more than happy to appease the Don. The dynamics between the characters were so different from previous Dons I have seen and it brought a freshness and a totally different perspective for which the audience to experience this Don. It really was one of the most beautiful things I have seen. The most amazing casting coupled with the incredible set and video mapping technology. I hope for a revival. Bravo!!

  9. Duncan Chisholm responded on 29 March 2014 at 9:46pm Reply

    My wife and I have just watched this performance at a cinema in Clearwater.This must be one of the finest ever, with one of the best balanced
    ensemble of voices we have ever heard, and most of them unknown to us.
    We hope to attend live in the future.


  10. I wonder who is the photographer and designer who made the poster of Don Giovanni ???

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 28 April 2014 at 11:37am

      Hi George,

      They were created in collaboration with the agency AKA.


      ROH Content Producer

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