MICHAEL GRANDAGE'S Mozart
The ever enduring Don Giovanni returns to the Metropolitan Opera, with Baritone Peter Mattei and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Mozart's most famous philanderer. Created by veteran British director Michael Grandage, this searing production incorporates tragedy and black comedy, as well as the supernatural elements which ultimately lead to the Machiavellian rapscallion's downfall.
What is it about?
This opera is remarkably timely given its setting in feudal Europe prior to the French Revolution, where crimes 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.