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Don Giovanni | 2017 International Festival © Müpa Budapest / Zsuzsanna Pető

Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer both conducts and directs his daring personal vision of Mozart’s masterpiece, joined by a strong cast of international soloists and an ensemble drawn from his own Budapest Festival Orchestra.

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.

Photo: Müpa Budapest / Zsuzsanna Pető

Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Audio Described
11 Aug 7pm

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

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Budapest Festival Orchestra
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Iván Fischer

Christopher Maltman
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Laura Aikin

Lucy Crowe

Jeremy Ovenden

Sylvia Schwartz

Matteo Peirone

9-12 August 2017

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.

involving, imaginative and theatrically daring

The New York Times