Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ Returns To The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden From 1 February, In A New Production By Kasper Holten

THE ROYAL OPERA PRESENTS

DON GIOVANNI

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1, 3, 12, 14, 18, 21 and 24 February at 7pm

Main Image by AKA © ROH, 2013

Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a depiction of the last day and night of the most iconic of seducers, returns to Covent Garden this February in a new production by The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera Kasper Holten.

Womanizing his way through Europe with his hapless manservant Leporello in tow, Don Giovanni uses his imagination and charisma to charm and bed thousands of women, in an effort to find inspiration for creative work and to keep at bay his dread of mortality. After seducing Donna Anna, Don Giovanni is challenged to a duel by her furious father the Commendatore, who he kills. This immoral act sets in motion a chain of events – some comic, some tragic – which lead to Don Giovanni’s worst nightmare; absolute isolation and loneliness. This darkly humorous production both reveals the comedy that runs throughout Mozart’s masterpiece, and examines the more profound aspects of the opera and its characters.

Don Giovanni has been a firm favourite with audiences since its premiere in Prague in 1787, and Kasper Holten’s new production will reflect both the humour and complexity of this great opera. Acclaimed designer Es Devlin, whose recent work includes Les Troyens and the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, has created a visually innovative universe for this new interpretation. Her sets evoke the complex and volatile puzzle that is Don Giovanni’s psyche, and Luke Halls’s accompanying video projections produces an intense and powerful display of illusion. Costume designs by Anja Vang Kragh both take us to an elegant 19th-century world and reflect the characters’ increasingly troubled psyches.

MARIUSZ KWIECIEŃ © MIKOLAJ MIKOLAJCZYK
MARIUSZ KWIECIEŃ © MIKOLAJ MIKOLAJCZYK

Following a successful run of Verdi’s Nabucco last season, Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti returns to conduct this richly inventive score. The magnificent cast includes baritone Mariusz Kwiecien in the role of Don Giovanni, with Italian bass-baritone Alex Esposito as his long-suffering and reluctantly admiring servant Leporello. Also starring are Véronique Gens, Malin Byström and Elizabeth Watts, singing Don Giovanni’s conquests Donna Elvira, Donna Anna and Zerlina, with Antonio Poli as Donna Anna’s tragic fiancé Don Ottavio and former Jette Parker Young Artist Dawid Kimberg as Zerlina’s jealous bridegroom Masetto. Alexander Tsymbalyuk makes his opera debut as Don Giovanni’s spectral nemesis the Commendatore.

Mozart’s enchanting score ranges from dramatic duets, such as Donna Anna and Don Ottavio’s call for vengeance ‘Ah, vendicar, se il puoi, giura quel sangue ognor!’, to wonderful arias, including Don Giovanni’s exuberant Champagne aria, ‘Fin ch’han dal vino calda la testa’, and Donna Elvira’s soul- searching ‘Mi tradi qual alma ingrata’ Act I is brought to a breathtaking finish with an intricate combination of dance melodies, while the chromatic-hued finale of Act II is one of the most famous in all opera. This drama of lust and revenge, brought to you in Kasper Holten’s thoughtful new production, explores the way our imaginations can deceive and manipulate us and those around us, making for a thrilling night of classic opera.

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For more information on the production, and to book tickets, please Click Here.

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Running Time:

About 3 hours 25 minutes | Including one interval.

Act One will last for about 1 hour 35 minutes, followed by a 30 minute interval.

Act Two will last for about 1 hour 20 minutes.

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Language:

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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Credits:

Director: Kasper Holten

Set Design: Es Devlin

Costume Design:  Anja Vang Kragh

Lighting Design: Bruno Poet

Video Design: Luke Halls

Choreography: Signe Fabricius

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