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Following his acclaimed reimagining of The Marriage of Figaro at the 2015 International Festival, pioneering Hungarian musician Iván Fischer both conducts and directs his daring personal vision of Mozart’s masterpiece. He presents the world of the opera as seen through the eyes of the Don – a dangerous, erotic place, empty of sets or props, where enticing bodies take their place, as his chorus of young actors become doors, windows, beds, tables, or sinister means of death.
If you could seduce at will – why would you ever stop?
Charismatic and impulsive, Don Giovanni prowls Europe – accompanied by long-suffering sidekick Leporello – leaving a retinue of seduced and betrayed women in his wake. But when the father of his most recent conquest challenges him, the Don unleashes a dark power whose demons are hungry for revenge.
Mozart’s masterful operatic dissection of lust and betrayal swings restlessly between comedy and tragedy to startling effect. It contains some of Mozart’s most irresistible music – from Leporello’s darkly witty catalogue aria, to the seductive duet ‘Là ci darem la mano’.
Fischer is joined by a strong cast of international soloists, and an ensemble drawn from his own Budapest Festival Orchestra, for this remarkable, provocative staging.
involving, imaginative and theatrically daring
The New York Times
- Language:Performed in Italian with English supertitles
- Audio Described:11 Aug 7pm
- Running time:3hrs 20mins approx (one interval)
Geoff and Mary Ball
A bequest from the late
Charles Smith has made
this production possible.
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Don Giovanni Christopher Maltman
Leporello Jose Fardilha
Donna Anna Laura Aikin
Donna Elvira Lucy Crowe
Don Ottavio Jeremy Ovenden
Commendatore Kristinn Sigmundsson
Zerlina Sylvia Schwartz
Masetto Matteo Peirone
Iván Fischer Conductor and production director
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Students of the Budapest Acting Academy
This production was originally co-produced by Budapest Festival Orchestra and Müpa Budapest
More information about some of the artists
Don Giovanni | The Herald
Don Giovanni | The Scotsman
Don Giovanni | Daily Mail
This masterwork is indeed a wondrous combination of the comic, the tragic and the supernatural ★★★★
Photo: Müpa Budapest / Zsuzsanna Pető
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