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Don Giovanni - W. A. Mozart

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Don Giovanni - W. A. Mozart

Dramma giocoso in two acts, K. 527 (1787) - Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
New production - Sung in Italian with German and English surtitles

For Romeo Castellucci, approaching Don Giovanni means facing up to the ambiguity and complexity as well as the inner disequilibrium with which Mozart imbues the protagonist of his opera. Vitality and de­struction: in this essential ambivalence Castellucci sees one of the fascinations of this figure. Wholly bound up in the moment, Don Giovanni’s life force is embodied with symbolic pregnance in the almost obsessive headlong spate of the ‘Champagne Aria’ ‘Fin ch’han dal vino’. This forms the frenetic prelude to a party that will be open to all — and whose true purpose Don Giovanni announces quite blatantly: Leporello, his manservant and antithetical alter ego, will subsequently be able to add another ten names to the lengthy list of Giovanni’s female conquests. Dedicated to the pleasure principle, his existence, which knows neither rest nor reflection, drives Don Giovanni to ceaseless seduction — a desperate com­pulsion beyond pleasure, reflecting awareness of his own mortality. Of death.

Romeo Castellucci will develop his production in a process of continuous exchange with conductor Teodor Currentzis. The figures around Don Giovanni must be grasped in their sharply contrasting char­acters and musical physiognomies as well as in their individual relationships to the protagonist, without denying the comic element of this dramma giocoso. During the course of the action Castellucci will charge the neutral dramatic space with a series of precise connotations resulting from his deep excavations of the work.

Teodor Currentzis Conductor
Romeo Castellucci Direction, Sets, Costumes and Lighting
Cindy Van Acker Choreography
Piersandra Di Matteo, Christian Arseni Dramaturgy
Theresa Wilson Costumes Collaborator
Marco Giusti Lighting Collaborator

Davide Luciano Don Giovanni
Mika Kares Il Commendatore
Nadezhda Pavlova Donna Anna
Michael Spyres Don Ottavio
Federica Lombardi Donna Elvira
Vito Priante Leporello
David Steffens Masetto
Anna Lucia Richter Zerlina

musicAeterna Choir
Vitaly Polonsky Chorus Master
musicAeterna Orchestra


July 28 - August 24, 2020
Großes Festspielhaus


"Don Giovanni" only available in combination with another Summer Festival Performance: "Don Giovanni - Arrangements" 


Saalplan Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg - "Don Giovanni":

category 1: green
category 2: pink
category 3: lightblue
category 4: red
category 5: darkblue
category 6: orange
category 7: yellow


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