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Mozart Don Giovanni

From 25 November TO 04 December 2019
Wiener Staatsoper - Wien
Program

Mozart : Don Giovanni 150 mn

Sung in : Italian
Cast
  • Conductor
    Adám Fischer
  • Director
    Jean-Louis Martinoty
  • Performers
    Don Giovanni: Ludovic Tézier (Tenor)
    Donna Anna: Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Soprano)
    Donna Elvira: Federica Lombardi (Mezzo-Soprano)
    Leporello: Peter Kellner (Baryton)
    Don Ottavio: Jinxu Xiahou (Tenor)
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Wiener Staatsoper - Wien Location Opernring 2 - 1010 Wien Autriche

  • Venue's Capacity: 1709

The Venue's History in few words …

The Vienna State Opéra is much more than just a local institution; it is a vital part of the city's identity and a national landmark.

 

As of the 17th century, the Hapsburgs lavishly patronized the opéra. Family members Ferdinand III and Leopold I composed for the théâtre, while Charles VI tried his hand at conducting the orchestra, and the Empress Maria-Theresa often mingled with the corps de ballet.

 

During the 19th century, the Karntnerthor-Theater was demolished and the présent building was constructed on the famous " Ring ". It was here that Mahler, with the help of the set designer Alfred RoUer, imposed a new style of performance, based on audacious stagings and a very précise interprétation ofthe score, which demanded countless rehearsals.

 

After the fall of the Hapsburgs, Richard Strauss took over the reins of the newly baptized Vienna State Opéra. Curiously enough, only one of Strauss'operas, THE WOMAH WITHOUT A SHADOW, was premiered in Vienna. Clemens Krauss and Karl Bôhm were to follow in his footsteps. Under Bôhm's direction, the Opera created its own Company, which was to serve as a model for several générations. Even the bombs that destroyed the opéra house in 1945 could not prevent singer s such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac or Erich Kunz from becoming legendary.

 

One musn't think that the Viennese applaud only their homegrown stars. In 1955, when Maria Callas came to sing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in the reconstructed building with Karajan conducting, the public blocked traffic to pay tribute to the diva... in the street! Karajan succeeàed Karl Bôhm, and invited many international stars to corne sing on the Viennese stage. Works were henceforth sung in their language of origin, and coproductions with La Scala permitted the disco-very of voices such as that of Mirella Freni in LA BOHEME.

 

Ioan Holender has suceeded in deftly combining these international distributions with an ensemble System. He has scheduled many works never heard on the Viennese stage, which are now included in the Opera's répertoire, such as Verdi's JERUSALEM and Enesco's OEDIPE, furthering a policy instated under Claudio Abbado's brilliant direction. Whatever changes may now occur, the Opera will continue to stage at least 300 performances per season (an absolute world record ren-dered feasible thanks to the în-house technical crew, which hires no less than 250 people), and the public will continue to applaud the finest orchestra any amateur could wish for in the pit : the Vienna Philharmonie !

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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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