Dutch National Opera presents
THE OPERA OF OPERAS
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dramma giocoso in due atti, KV 527
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
World premiere 29 October 1787, Gräflich Nostitzsches Theater, Prague
New production for Dutch National Opera
Première 7 May 2016
Original production Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin in collaboration with Salzburger Festspiele
Mozart’s Don Giovanni is many people’s favourite opera, not just because of the incredibly beautiful music, but also because of attractive elements like sex, violence, humour and tension.
Don Giovanni, the licentious protagonist, is continually misbehaving and sees women as playthings. But he never shows any remorse, even though it costs him his life. In this version of Don Giovanni, the story takes place in a forest at night-time. During his fight with the Commendatore, the Don is mortally wounded and relives the whole drama, while dying a slow death. Or are they hallucinations? And is it suddenly the three women who see him as an object of lust?
Team, Cast and Chorus
- Musical Director
- Marc Albrecht
- Stage Director
- Claus Guth
- Sets & Costume Designer
- Christian Schmidt
- Lighting Designer
- Olaf Winter
- Ramses Sigl
- Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
- Dutch National Opera Chorus
- Chorus Master
- Ching-Lien Wu
- Don Giovanni
- Christopher Maltman
- Il Commendatore
- Mika Kares
- Donna Anna
- Sally Matthews
- Don Ottavio
- Juan Francisco Gatell
- Donna Elvira
- Véronique Gens (May 7, 10, 15, 18 and 29) /
Anett Fritsch (May 21, 24 and 26)
- Adrian Sâmpetrean
- Iurii Samoilov
- Sabina Puértolas
The psychological elements in Don Giovanni have been developed with great sensitivity. There are amusing dressing up scenes, but also moments of emotion and horror. Principal conductor Marc Albrecht: ‘Mozart’s music is guided by the heartbeats of the characters. They are extremely refined psychograms of lonely spirits, which touch us just as deeply today as in Mozart’s day’.
Director Claus Guth created his fascinating production of Don Giovanni in 2008 for the Salzburger Festspiele, and the production was also performed in the Berliner Staatsoper. Guth has previously guested with Dutch National Opera with Un ballo in maschera.
The British baritone Christopher Maltman made a great impression with Dutch National Opera as Rodrigo in Verdi’s Don Carlo (2012). Maltman was a prize-winner at the Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff. Besides his opera activities, Maltman also gives recitals and concerts.
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera’s regular orchestra partner, is regarded internationally as one of the best opera orchestras. The orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw, as well as performing in various Dutch concert halls and at venues and festivals abroad.
On Sunday 29 May, after the last performance of Don Giovanni, the soloists Sally Matthews (Donna Anna), Christopher Maltman (Don Giovanni) and Veronique Gens (Donna Elvira) will be at the shop to sign your purchases.
This signing session is only for people with tickets for the matinee performance!
Original production: Staatsoper unten den Linden Berlin in association with Salzburger Festspiele
Claus Guth has indeed created a masterpiece. Without doubt the best staging of Don Giovanni I have yet seen.