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DON GIOVANNI

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After abusing their freedom, solidarity and menfolk met with forgiveness

Marc Minkowski and Ivan Alexandre have taken up an ambitious and novel challenge: that of making the three operas written by Lorenzo Da Ponte and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – which resemble the tessellae of a splendid mosaic – into three-part series which will be staged four times.

Each opera is a masterpiece in its own right but they also have several features in common: respect for the unities of classical drama (unity of place, time and action) and the similarities between the characters (Countess-Donna Elvira / Don Giovanni-Count, and so on). Thus each libretto appears in its true colours when the opera is seen in conjunction with the other two because certain traits are completed and clarified.

Staging them one after the other, as in a festival, affords the audience new insights by enabling them to immerse themselves in the turbulent lives of the motley gallery of characters. All the women share the suffering caused by the violence of the male characters. Their only refuge is feminine solidarity and their menfolk, after abusing their freedom, are invariably met with forgiveness.

This new perspective brings new meanings to light, confronting the audience with the notion of seduction and raising crucial questions such as: “What does it mean to be a man or a woman in present-day society?”, “What limits do we put on our desires?”, “What does it mean to form a couple today?” or “What are the consequences of our impulses and of abuse?”.

For seduction lies at the core of this trilogy, which is an ageless mirror, an inexhaustible handbook for life, and a folle journée as well, during which così fan tutt(i), while all voices unite to sing "Viva la libertà!".

PARADISE: self-indulgence

Don Giovanni

World premiere: 29/10/1787 at the National Theatre, Prague.
Barcelona premiere: 18/12/1849 at the Teatre Principal.
Liceu premiere: 21/02/1866.
Last Liceu performance: 28/10/2020.
Total number of Liceu performances: 91.

Approximate running time 3h 5m

  • First act 1h 19m
  • Interval 30m
  • Second act 1h 11m

Artistic profile

Stage director
Ivan Alexandre
Stage director assistant
Romain Gilbert
Set design
Antoine Fontaine
Choreography
Nathalie Van Parys
Costume design
Antoine Fontaine
Lighting
Ivan Alexandre and Nicolás Fischtel
Stage director assistant
Anna Ponces
Production
Drottningholms Slottsteater
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, director)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor
Marc Minkowski

Cast

Don GiovanniAlexandre Duhamel
Il Commendatore / MasettoAlex Rosen
Donna AnnaIulia Maria Dan
Don OttavioJulien Henric
Donna ElviraArianna Vendittelli
LeporelloRobert Gleadow
ZerlinaAlix Le Saux

Debut Liceu

Debut role

Cast change

  • Bass Alex Rosen replaces Leonard Bernad as Il Commendatore, due to personal reasons.

April 2022

8Friday19:00Turn E
12Tuesday19:00Turn PC
20Wednesday19:00Turn G
24Sunday17:00Turn TAD

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Playlist

Musical highlights from Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni & Così fan tutte, selected by Víctor García de Gomar, artistic director of the Liceu.

La veu del Liceu

Marc Minkowski and Ivan Alexandre propose a bold approach to the three Mozart operas with a libretto by Da Ponte, all united by a scenic, musical and thematic vision close to the spirit of the eighteenth century.

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