Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
conductor Louis Langrée — stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Dramma giocoso in two acts, KV 52 7, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Created on the 27th October 1787 at the National Theatre in Prague
Terrified laughter ensues. Of all the different creations around the myth of Don Juan, Mozart’s Don Giovanni is the richest, most surprising and most contrasted version. From the very opening moments of this dramma giocoso, with the terrifying grandeur of its opening music as it transforms into a frenzied race, the tone is set. Propped up by his 1003 conquests, the libertine takes pleasure in dancing above the abyss. He preys on Donna Anna, killing her father, while to Donna Elvira he denies the possibility of marriage, and stirs up nupital trouble for Zerlina. Only an invitation from a stone statue to an otherworldly banquet can stop Don Giovanni in his tracks. Suddenly, the ambiguousness of opera buffa creates space for a metaphysical hollowness which fascinates romantics. Two centuries on from its creation, the lyrical masterpiece continues to captivate audiences with its ambivalence, a mark of Mozart’s modernity.