DON GIOVANNI

PALAIS GARNIER

DATES

JUN 8, 11, 13, 16, 19, 21, 24, 29

JUL 1, 4, 7, 10, 13

CAST

Conductor Philippe Jordan, Guillermo García Calvo (13 July)
Director Ivo van Hove
Set design Jan Versweyveld
Lighting design Jan Versweyveld
Costume design An D’Huys
Dramaturgy Jan Vandenhouwe
Chorus master Alessandro Di Stefano

Don Giovanni Étienne Dupuis
Il Commendatore Ain Anger
Donna Anna Jacquelyn Wagner
Don Ottavio Stanislas de Barbeyrac
Donna Elvira Nicole Car
Leporello Philippe Sly
Masetto Mikhail Timoshenko
Zerlina Elsa Dreisig

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ABOUT THE OPERA

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte

First perfomance: Prague, National Theatre (now Estate Theatre), 29 October 1787

Considered Mozart’s masterpiece, the dramma giocoso Don Giovanni was commissioned by the director of the National Theatre in Prague after the success of Le nozze di Figaro, which was extremely popular in the Czech city. Based on the story of Don Juan (which inspired also Molière), the opera centres on Don Giovanni’s dissolute living and crimes, ended only with the help of a supernatural force (the Commendatore he killed at the beginning). With its extremely coherent libretto and the profound depth of its music, Don Giovanni is not only an extremely enjoyable opera, but it is also a journey through the innermost parts of the human soul, with its baseness as well as its passionate élans.


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