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Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg

Mozart Don Giovanni

From 24 October TO 02 November 2023
Teatro Massimo - Palermo

Mozart : Don Giovanni 150 mn

  • Conductor
    Riccardo Muti
  • Director
    Chiara Muti
  • Performers
    Don Giovanni: Luca Micheletti
    Donna Anna: Maria Grazia Schiavo
    Donna Elvira: Mariangela Sicilia
    Leporello: Alessandro Luongo
    Don Ottavio: Giovanni Sala
    Zerlina: Francesca Di Sauro
    Masetto: Leon Kosavic
    Il Commendatore: Vittorio De Campo
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Teatro Massimo - Palermo Location Piazza Verdi - 90138 Palermo Italie

The history of the Teatro Massimo's construction is almost as complicated as that of its delayed reopening. At the end of the eighteenth century, the marquis Domenico Caracciolo regretted the fact that Palermo didn't have an opera house worthy of the birthplace of Alessandro Scarlatti, who composed more than 300 operas. The Teatro Carolino was built in 1801, but, too small and rapidly outdated, the theatre was never suited for the ever more lavish stage direction of the Romantic era. In 1844, the repertoire was still limited to works by Cimarosa, Mayr, Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, and the «Carolino» was rebaptized with the tetter's name. While the «Bellini» became increasingly unsuited for opera performances, it was not before 1851 that the idea of constructing a new theatre came up. In 1860, authorisation was officially announced, and finally, an architecture competition was launched in 1864. The project designed by Giovanni Battista Filippo Basile won, but when the architect died in 1891, the opera house was still not built! Before construction could begin, a religious order had to be expropriated, technical problems had to be resolved, the project was redesigned, and in the mean time, the Politeama, which currently hosts performances, was constructed. To make a long story short, the Massimo didn't open until 1897...

One could then applaud Enrico Caruso, a young and little-known tenor, on the theatre's stage, as well as singers such as Gigli, Stabile, and Gino Bechi, among the pride and joy of the Italian school. But it was only after the Second World War that the Massimo lived its heyday: conductors such as the young Giulini, Klemperer, and Scherchen came to lead the orchestra, Callas came to sing Brunnhilde and Norma, Sutherland was a revelation in the role of Lucia, while Szymanowski, Honegger, Dallapiccola and Stravinsky, amongst others, were performed....

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Don Giovanni

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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.

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.


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

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