Kasper Holten's production of Don Giovanni ©2018 ROH. Photographed by Bill Cooper

Don Giovanni

13 September10 October 2019
The performance lasts about 3 hours 30 minutes, including one interval
Main Stage
Opera and music

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.

Sang in Italian with English surtitles

A co-production with:

Israeli Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, and Houston Grand Opera



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.


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LibrettoLorenzo da Ponte

DirectorKasper Holten

Set designerEs Devlin

Video designer 3Luke Halls

Costume designerAnja Vang Kragh

Lighting designerBruno Poet

ChoreographerSigne Fabricius

Revival DirectorJack Furness

Revival fight directorAnnie Lees-Jones


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.