4-28 Nov 2021


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Don Giovanni

Mozart's legendary seducer

No one crosses his path unscathed. Don Giovanni, the most famous seducer in the history of opera, races through life like a force of nature. Dutch National Opera revisits Claus Guth’s successful production.

Mozart's legendary seducer

Don Giovanni was Mozart’s second collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, following their success with Le nozze di Figaro. This masterpiece would become world-renown as the ‘greatest opera of all time’, a piece that combines comedy, tragedy and supernatural elements into an exceptionally moving and multifaceted opera experience.


Viva la libertà

In this interpretation by Claus Guth (whose previous productions with DNO include Un ballo in maschera, Jephtha and Rodelinda) Don Giovanni is mortally wounded in the opening scene and, as he slowly dies, the drama unfolds in a dark, moonlit forest designed by Christian Schmidt. Facing death, Don Giovanni sticks by his motto ‘Viva la libertà’ at all costs.

This is French conductor, Jérémie Rhorer’s second Mozart opera in collaboration with DNO, following Die Entführung aus dem Serail in 2017. This time too, he conducts the Nederlands Kamerorkest (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra). Romanian baritone Adrian Sâmpetrean of the original cast from 2016 returns in the role of Don Giovanni’s servant, Leporello. He is accompanied by an exciting ensemble bursting with young talent.

Making his DNO debut, American bass-baritone Seth Carico brings his charismatic stage personality to the role of Don Giovanni. Following the livestreamed Ein deutsches Requiem, Romanian soprano, Adela Zaharia, winner of the World Opera Competition, Operalia returns to DNO in the role of Donna Anna. The young Chinese tenor, Long Long, one of the most exciting voices of his generation, performs his DNO debut as her sweet-voiced fiancé, Don Ottavio.

The young couple, Masetto and Zerlina are played by two Dutch singers, soprano Lilian Farahani and bass-baritone Frederik Bergman.

Performance information

Libretto  Lorenzo da Ponte 

Musical direction  Jérémie Rhorer

Direction  Claus Guth

Set and costume designs  Christian Schmidt

Dramaturgy  Ronny Dietrich

Lighting design  Olaf Winter

Choreography  Ramses Sigl

Don Giovanni  Seth Carico

Il Commendatore  Rafał Siwek 

Donna Anna  Adela Zaharia

Don Ottavio  Long Long

Donna Elvira  Amanda Majeski

Leporello  Adrian Sâmpetrean

Masetto  Frederik Bergman*

Zerlina  Lilian Farahani

*Dutch National Opera Studio alumnus

Orchestra  Nederlands Kamerorkest (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra)

Chorus  Dutch National Opera Chorus

Chorus masters  Klaas-Jan de Groot & Ad Broeksteeg

Produced by Staatsoper unter den Linden (Berlin) in collaboration with Salzburger Festspiele

Sung in Italian

Trailer Don Giovanni
Props in Don Giovanni
Commendatore scene
The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

For more than 30 years, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has beenthe primary orchestral partner of Dutch National Opera. It is counted among the best opera orchestras of the world. The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the main podium for the orchestra’s concerts. In addition to the programmes with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti and Gordan Nikolić (musical director of The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), the orchestra works with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as with a new generation of excellent musicians.

The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra strives to make classical music accessible to everyone who is open to it. On countless stages, the orchestra brings people together through music and provides an excellent musical experience for both experienced and new audiences. With its welcoming and open home, the NedPhO-Dome in the ‘Indische Buurt’ in Amsterdam, the orchestra is situated in the heart of the community. In the 21/22 season, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will join us for the season opener Der Zwerg and the DNO productions Missa in tempore belli, La traviata, the world premiere of Eurydice – Die Liebenden, blind and Tosca. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will participate in Don Giovanni and Anna Bolena.

Don Giovanni
Photo: Bart Grietens

Don Giovanni - podcast

In this (Dutch) introductory podcast, Laura Roling, dramaturge at Dutch National Opera, speaks with soprano Lilian Farahani. She sings the role of Zerlina in the opera classic Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

By: Laura Roling

Don Giovanni - podcast 2 part 1

In this (Dutch) podcast, head dramaturge Luc Joosten and repetiteur Ernst Munneke on piano elaborate on the music and the score of Mozart's Don Giovanni. They talk about how Mozart created his characters in great detail and how he managed to perfectly align music, words and action. 

You will get a glimpse into Mozart's kitchen and will be able to enjoy this exceptional opera even more. With music fragments at the piano and from the orchestral performance.

Don Giovanni 2 part 1

By: Luc Joosten

Don Giovanni 2, part 2

By: Luc Joosten

Credits Podcast 2:

The excerpts are from the dress rehearsal for Don Giovanni that took place on 4 May 2016 

Don Giovanni  Christopher Maltman

Il Commendatore  Mika Kares

Donna Anna  Sally Matthews

Don Ottavio  Juan Francisco Gatell

Donna Elvira  Véronique Gens 

Leporello  Adrian Sampetrean

Zerlina  Sabina Puertolas

Masetto  Iurii Samoilov

Orchestra  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Marc Albrecht



In the media
Rave reviews

Claus Guth's direction is clever, dark and perfectionist in its timing and elaboration of the characters.

9 May

Both acts ended in triumphs, but the ballroom scene in Act I was strikingly wel lconstructed, with sparklingly elegant dances and the trio "Protegga il giusto cielo" really sounding like a hushed, fearful prayer.

24 July

Anyone who wants to experience the power of opera must see this.

14 May
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, photo: Bart Grietens

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