Performed in the original Italian with Czech subtitles.
Farce? Drama? The opera to end all operas! Don Giovanni. A rebel against the human and divine order. The opera to end all operas from the pen of the genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A masterful farce with elements of a sophisticated, bloodcurdling horror. The story of an insatiable desire to love in all senses of the word. A story about our people. A timeless work which in this season alone has been shown in 70 opera houses across the globe!
Premiere on 17th May 2013, Janáček Theatre
The immoral character Don Giovanni, who rebels against human and divine order, seduces women and commits wicked deeds, has been used by many writers and composers such as Tirso de Molina, Molière, and Goldoni, however it was Mozart’s opera that ensured his immortality. The work, which is often referred to as the “opera of operas”, marked the climax of Mozart’s operatic style of the time and it became the basis for a new dramatic school. Mozart and Da Ponte succeeded in combining grotesque elements with sheer tragedy, falling under the category of a ‘dramma giocoso’ (comic drama). The score is full of passionate arias with masterfully elaborate dramatic recitatives and precise ensemble components. The credit for producing this exceptional work goes to Prague. Following the huge success of the reprise of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in the city, he was commissioned to write a new opera, and as a result, Don Giovanni had its world premiere, conducted by the composer himself, at the Count Nostitz Theatre (today known as the Estates Theatre) in Prague in 1787.
Janáček Opera Ensemble and Orchestra of the National Theatre Brno