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Don Giovanni (2014)

Recorded | Opera

Running time: 3 hours and 25 minutes (including one interval)

Don Giovanni (2014)

Kasper Holten, ROH Director of Opera, presents a mesmerizing new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy.


The story

The impulsive, charismatic Don Giovanni is a serial seducer, 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 refuses.


Don Giovanni is the second of Mozart’s landmark collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte (after The Marriage of Figaro and before Così fan tutte). In it they created a work that has beguiled and entranced in equal measure since its premiere in 1787. Perfectly situated, as no other opera, between tragedy and comedy, this potent drama combines glorious music with a seductive central character who is endlessly fascinating in his complexity.

Kasper Holten’s 2014 production for The Royal Opera casts Don Giovanni as an artist who thrives on an audience enticed by his creative gifts. The visually spectacular set by award-winning designer Es Devlin features ingenious video designs by Luke Halls which provide an insight into the characters’ thoughts and emotions. But at the production’s heart are the beauty and invention of Mozart’s dazzling score.



The Royal Opera


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Lorenzo da Ponte


Kasper Holten

Set designer

Es Devlin

Lighting designer

Bruno Poet

Costume designer

Anja Vang Kragh

Video designer

Luke Halls


Signe Fabricius


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

News and features

To find out more visit the Don Giovanni (2014) production page.