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Don Giovanni © Monika Rittershaus

Mozart Don Giovanni

From 28 January TO 18 February 2022
Opernhaus - Zurich
Program

Mozart : Don Giovanni 150 mn

Cast
  • Conductor
    Jordan de Souza
  • Director
    Sebastian Baumgarten
  • Performers
    Don Giovanni: Konstantin Shushakov
    Donna Anna: Tuuli Takala
    Donna Elvira: Anita Hartig
    Leporello: Evan Hughes
    Don Ottavio: Sebastian Kohlhepp
    Zerlina: Erica Petrocelli
    Masetto: Andrew Moore
    Il Commendatore: Alastair Miles

We can never say it enough, the Opernhaus in Zürich is one of the stages that are most important at international level. The human scale stage has welcomed many of today´s superstars before they established themselves as such. This is where Thomas Hampson and Matthias Goerne got their first international recognition as well as a certain Jonas Kaufmann who was a regular at the Opernhaus in his early days.

  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Opernhaus - Zurich Location Falkenstrasse 1 - 8008 Zurich Suisse

  • Venue's Capacity: 1200

The Zurich Opera House is famous the world over for both opera and dance. It is among the most important European theatres and plays host to leading conductors. The original theatre built in 1833 was replaced by the present building which was opened in 1891. It was the venue for the first performance of Parsifal outside Germany.

The history of the Opernhaus has indeed been punctuated by numerous premieres: Turandot by Busoni in 1917, Lulu in 1937, Mathis der Mahler and Cardillac by Hindemith (1938 and 1952) and Moses und Aron by Schönberg in 1957. Several major conductors such as Otto Ackerman, Hans Knappertsbuch, and Wilhelm Furtwängler conducted a varied repertoire always with the greatest singers (Lisa della Casa was for instance a member of the Opernhaus company).

It was at the Studiobühne too that the young singers Gwyneth Jones and Edith Mathis perfected their craft. One of the most outstanding events of its history was the “re-staging” for the first time of the operas of Monteverdi and Mozart performed on period instruments at the instigation of the pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt supported by the legendary stage settings of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. These productions contributed to the renaissance of Baroque opera and the rediscovery of a vast repertoire.

Today the Opernhaus is one of the few theatres that can pride itself on presenting the greatest stars of the opera world in one and the same season. With its well-thought out and varied programming, the audience has every reason to be satisfied.

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Synopsis

Don Giovanni

One of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the history of the medium, Don Giovanni is arguably Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most cherished and enduring work.

First performed in 1787, the opera includes a libretto by celebrated poet Lorenzo Da Ponte and continues to thrill and entertain audiences to this day. Broadly classified as a comedy the work blends melodrama and also includes a supernatural element. Making it one of the richest and most engaging classical works ever produced.

HISTORY
The piece centres around the life and exploits of fictional libertine and seducer Don Juan. Exploring the intricacies of his numerous relationships and eventual demise.

Act 1
The Don unsuccessfully attempts to seduce the already betrothed Donna Anna. The girl escapes and her father, the Commendatore challenges the Don to a dual. Giovanni kills the older man and escape with his servant Leporello, Donna Anna returns with her husband Don Ottavio and discovers her murdered father. She makes Ottavio swear he will avenge the death.
Leporello declares Giovanni's life to be scandalous, which angers his master. The Don's former lover Donna Elvira appears, angry at her betrayal at the hands of a man. Inspired by the prospect of another conquest Don Giovanni approaches only to be rebuffed.
Giovanni attempts to seduce another woman Zerlina, but is thwarted by Donna Elvira who exposes his true character to the girl. Donna Anna and Don Ottavio arrive at Giovanni's castle and, unaware of his role in the Commendatore's death, request his help in finding the killer.
After discovering Giovanni's role in her fathers murder, Donna Anna, Don Ottavio, Zerlina her scorned husband Masetto and Elvira resolve to kill the don. Wearing masks the group attempt an attack on the Don who keeps them at bay with his sword whilst using Leporello as a shield before escaping.

Act 2
Leporello threatens to leave Giovanni but is convinced to stay by the offer of money. Giovanni's enemy's track down the pair and prepare to kill the don, but he evades them once again, pretending to be his servant.
Returning to his castle Giovanni is begged by Elvira to change his ways but he decides to ignore her pleas. The remembrance statue erected in memory of the Commendatore comes to life and enters Giovanni's dining room as he eats. He asks the Don to repent but is ignored. The statue takes the Don's hand and drags him to hell, punishing him for a life of lies, inequity and deceit. Donna Anna, Don Ottavio, Elvira, Zerlina and Masetto arrive at the Don's castle to enact there revenge. They are too late and resolve to live honest and worthy lives before going their separate ways.

MAIN ROLES

Don Giovanni - Baritone
Leporello - Bass
Commendatore - Bass
Donna Anna - Soprano
Don Ottavio - Tenor
Donna Elvira - Soprano
Masetto - Bass
Zerlina - Soprano

Opernhaus Zurich © Dominic Büttner

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