Why See Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni?
MICHAEL GRANDAGE'S Mozart
The ever enduring Don Giovanni returns to the Metropolitan Opera, with three great singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov and Mariusz Kwiecien, sharing the title role. Placido Domingo and Fabio Luisi take on conducting duties.
Mozart's libertine philanderer is cast in a decidedly darker light in this staging, whose story of unavenged justice incorporates tragedy and black comedy, as well as the supernatural elements which ultimately downfall. Giovanni is no misunderstood hero in this production, which was created by acclaimed British director and producer Michael Grandage.
What is it about?
This opera is remarkably timely given its setting in feudal Europe prior to the French Revolution, where crime committed by the rich and powerful go unpunished. Don Giovanni, a notorious lech and rapist, attempts to carry off the virginal Donna Anna against her will, and kills her elderly father in cold blood after he is caught. However, Giovanni escapes with his identity hidden by a mask, and Donna Anna is filled with a lust for vengeance against the masked attacker, and even spurns the advances of the kind Ottavio who truly cares for her.
Giovanni carries on as usual, even trying to seduce and attack a bride on her wedding night, and beating up her new husband. Things come to a head however, when Anna recognises the voice of her attacker as that of Giovanni, and begs Ottavio to avenge her. Proud, arrogant and cruel to the last, Giovanni is confronted by the spectre of Anna's father who asks him to repent; he refuses and is consumed by flames and sent to hell. The entire party gathers and ruminates on Giovanni's now-cursed fate.
Opening night: 27 September 2016
Suitable for ages 13+
3 hours and 22 minutes, including one intermission
And before you stop reading
Images used are from a previous Met Opera production of Don Giovanni
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, Italian, Spanish and German
Cast and Creative
Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov & Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni
Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Bystrom & Angela Meade as Donna Anna
Malin Bystrom, Amanda Majeski & Marina Rebeka as Donna Elvira
Serena Malfi, Nadine Sierra & Isabel Leonard as Zerlina
Rolando Villazon, Paul Appleby, Matthew Polenzani & Ramon Vargas as Don Ottavio
Adam Plachetka, Matthew Rose & Erwin Schrott as Leporello
Matthew Rose, Adam Plachetka & Jeongcheol Cha as Masetto
Kwangchul Youn & Stefan Kocan as The Commendatore
Production by Michael Grandage
Set & Costume Design by Christopher Oram
Lighting Design by Paule Constable
Choreography by Ben Wright
Conucted by Placido Domingo & Fabio Luisi
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