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He’s mad. He’s bad. He’s dangerous. But damn him to hell, his serenades are divine.
For opera’s own Casanova, it’s just another day of pleasure seeking. Seducing a bride on her wedding day. Breaking into a woman’s bedroom in the dead of night. Killing her furious father.
Even before the curtain rises, Mozart reveals Don Giovanni’s fate. An earthshattering chord from the orchestra signals the gates of hell clanging open. The scoundrel’s debauched days are at an end.
When he hears a voice from beyond the grave, warning of impending punishment, Don Giovanni has no fear. Half-mocking, half-earnest, he invites the statue of the man he’s just killed to dinner.
Sir David McVicar’s production reveals the darkness in opera’s most compelling anti-hero. His Don Giovanni is a psychological thriller on a grand scale.
Monumental sets place the story in a gothic underworld inspired by the catacombs of Vienna. Monochromatic period costumes feature stunning embroidery. Can the characters keep their morals as tightly buttoned?
Conductor: Guillaume Tourniaire (5–25 Jan), Paul Fitzsimon (28 Jan–17 Feb)
Director: David McVicar
Don Giovanni: Andrei Kymach
Leporello: Yuri Kissin
Donna Anna: Sophie Salvesani (5–25 Jan), Celeste Lazarenko (28 Jan–17 Feb)
Donna Elvira: Bronwyn Douglass (5–25 Jan), Jane Ede (28 Jan–17 Feb)
Don Ottavio: Juan De Dios Mateos
Zerlina: Cathy-Di Zhang
Massetto: Andrew Williams
Commendatore: David Parkin
Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra
3hrs 20mins (incl. interval)
January 5th, 2023
February 17th, 2023
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
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