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Don Giovanni

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Don Giovanni

Kasper Holten’s visually striking production accentuates the beauty and invention of Mozart’s dazzling tragicomedy.

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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.

Background

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.

Credits

Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto

Lorenzo da Ponte

Costume designer

Anja Vang Kragh

Choreographer

Signe Fabricius

Performers

Conductor
Hartmut Haenchen
Don Giovanni
Erwin Schrott
Leporello
Roberto Tagliavini
Donna Anna
Malin Byström
Don Ottavio
Daniel Behle
Donna Elvira
Christine Rice
Zerlina
Louise Alder
Masetto
Leon Košavić
The Commendatore
Lars Woldt
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast sheets

Cast sheets will be available here soon.

News and features

To find out more visit the Don Giovanni production page.