Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Don Giovanni’s motto is: A new day, a new woman. He takes any girl he likes, then simply discards the »used goods«. Donna Elvira
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni’s motto is: A new day, a new woman. He takes any girl he likes, then simply discards the »used goods«. Donna Elvira is history, Donna Anna is ambushed in her room, and Zerlina is to be seduced away from her own wedding. The fact that he thereby gains the wrath of his jilted lovers, as well as their husbands and fathers, is just water off a duck’s back. When those he has duped join forces, Giovanni and his servant Leporello are able to escape by the skin of their teeth. Undaunted and unreformed, the carefree daredevil invites the ghost of Donna Anna’s father, whom he murdered, to dinner. Yet it is this ghost who sends Don Giovanni on his very last journey … In their interpretation of the legend of Don Juan, Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte created a new, archetypal perspective on the subject and its eponymous hero, which has been much debated by artists and philosophers over subsequent centuries. Mozart adopted an unusually sombre, at times demonic, style running through the entire opera, which, along with the subtle characterization, contradicts the previously hackneyed view of Don Giovanni as a cheerful youth, cocking a snook at fate.
Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm