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Don Giovanni © Jeff Busby

Mozart Don Giovanni

From 17 February TO 21 February 2020
Sydney Opera House - Sydney
Program

Mozart : Don Giovanni

3 h 20 Sung in : Italian
Cast
  • Conductor
    Dane Lam
  • Director
    David McVicar
  • Performers
    Don Giovanni: Luca Micheletti
    Donna Anna: Eleanor Lyons
    Donna Elvira: Jane Ede
    Leporello: Shane Lowrencev
    Don Ottavio: N.N.
    Zerlina: Anna Dowsley
    Masetto: Richard Anderson
    Il Commendatore: Gennadi Dubinsky
Details on the Performance

It’s the last day of Don Giovanni’s life, but he doesn’t know that.
For opera’s own Casanova, it’s just another day of pleasure seeking. Stealing a bride on her wedding day. Breaking into a woman’s bedroom in the dead of night. Killing her furious father.
But before the curtain even rises, Mozart reveals his fate. An earth-shattering chord from the orchestra signals the gates of hell clanging open. Don Giovanni’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. Will he come?
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.
Source © Sydney Opera House

  • Venue Info
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  • Synopsis

Sydney Opera House - Sydney Location Bennelong Point - NSW 2000 Sydney Australie

The Venue's History in few words …

The Sydney Opera House Restaurant, the Bennelong is very nice, to discover !

 

In 1884, a young Australian soprano, Helen Mitchell, gave her first concert in Melbourne. Later acclaimed as one of the most breathtaking coloraturas, she took the stage name Nellie Melba, in souvenir of the city of her début. After growing success greeted her from Paris to New York, from Saint Petersburg to London and Milano, she decided to organize opera tours in her native country. These tours no doubt marked the beginnings of opera in Australia. But it was not before 1973 that the country built an opera house worthy of the birthplace of two of the century's most important coloraturas: Nellie Melba, of course, and Joan Sutherland.

 

Nevertheless, as of the fifties, a small group of local résidents, backed by the conductor Eugène Goossens, demanded the construction of a modem concert hall in Sydney. The site was rapidly chosen: Bennelong Point, named after the birthplace ofthe first Aborigine who spoke English. A lottery was organized to finance the project and in 1956, an itinérant company, The Australian Opera, was founded. In 1957, the Danish architect Jern Utzon was chosen to design an arts complex that everyone already called the «Opera House.» Everything seemed to be moving along quite quickly: the first stone was laid in 1959, but Utzon, who had designed the famous shells that jut out over the bay of Sydney, had to modify his plans which were impracticable. After much controversy, he resigned in 1966 and an Australian team took over the project in 1973.

 

After this somewhat difficult birth, the Sydney Opera House rapidly gained an international réputation, and its easily recognizable silhouette has since become an emblem of the city, if not of the country. The complex houses more than 1,000 différent spaces for the performing arts, including a 1,547-seat opera theatre (with its walls painted in black, to bet ter attract the audience's eyes towards the stage). It's in this hall that Joan Sutherland, spouse of the Australian Richard Bonynge (the house's principal conductor from 1976 to 1986), was triumphantly applauded. This hall is also the home of The Australian Opéra, since the company has now mostly limited its tours to Melbourne. A véritable nursery of young talent, which one can applaud, together with a large number of guest stars, during the company's numerous performances.

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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

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