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Don Giovanni


DON GIOVANNI

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756-1791

Dramma giocoso in two acts
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte after Giovanni Bertati
First performance, 2nd edition, May 7 1788 National Hof Theater, Vienna
This production opened May 11 2014

Sung in Italian with German & English surtitles
Introductory talks, in German, in the Holzfoyer half an hour before performances begin

Sung in Italian with German & English surtitles
Introductory talks, in German, in the Holzfoyer half an hour before performances begin

Driven by insatiable desire Don Giovanni, who in Chrisoph Loy''s production is no longer the spring chicken he once was, rushes from one adventure to the next. The book of his conquests lists 2065 seduced and abandoned women. Giovanni's promises of satisfaction, happiness and love are apparently irresistible. But things start going wrong for him in Mozart and Da Ponte's masterpiece. The Commendatore foils his attempt to seduce his daughter Donna Anna, and is killed by Don Giovanni in a duel. This is the start of a 24 hour hunt for the lecher, during which he plays people off against one another – and the moment when he senses his own mortality. This sex addict, but desperately lonely antihero, this troublemaker in the normal way of things, has to come to terms with his powerlessness against the Commendatore's ghost who seems, quite literally, to hold up a mirror to him.

CAST

Conductor Nikolai Petersen
Director Christof Loy
Revival rehearsed by Benjamin Cortez
Set Designer Johannes Leiacker
Costume Designer Ursula Renzenbrink
Lighting Designer
Olaf Winter
Fencing Master Thomas Ziesch
Chorus Master Markus Ehmann
Dramaturge Norbert Abels

Don Giovanni Gordon Bintner
Leporello Brandon Cedel
Donna Anna Kirsten MacKinnon
Donna Elvira Elizabeth ReiterKaren Vuong
Don Ottavio Jonathan Abernethy, Michael PorterMatthew Swensen
Zerlina Bianca Andrew *, Nina Tarandek
Masetto Liviu Holender
Commendatore Anthony Robin Schneider

Opera Frankfurt’s Chorus
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

* Member of the Opera Studio

Earlier Event: April 24
The Magic Flute