Don Giovanni 009 © Werner Kmetitsch

Dramma giocoso in two acts (1787)

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                   

Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

In Italian with German surtitles

A recreation of the 2006 Theater an der Wien Production in celebration of the 10th Anniversary

Premiere: Monday, 12. December 2016, 7 pm until 10.10 pm (Intermission: 8.30 pm)

Performances: 14 / 17 / 19 / 21 / 28 December 2016, 7 pm
New Vear´s Eve-Performance: 31 December 2016, 7 pm

Content

When Le nozze di Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's first collaboration with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, was such a resounding success in Prague in 1786, a follow-up commission came from that city almost immediately. The story of Don Juan was very popular at this time, so it was safe to assume that an opera based on the tale would meet with interest. Following the first performance in 1787, a contented Mozart wrote to his friend Jacquin, "on 29th October my opera D: Giovanni was staged, and was received with the loudest applause". Neither he nor Da Ponte could know that Don Giovanni would soon be regarded as the "opera of operas" and would incite numerous deliberations on principles of philosophy, aesthetics and psychology. This "dramma giocoso" with its mixture of comedy and tragedy tests the boundaries of morality, explores the hidden depths of emotion and has provoked new contemporary interpretations in every era including ours.

 

His face concealed by a mask, Don Giovanni tries to seduce Donna Anna, the daughter of the Commendatore. He is about to flee when the Commendatore confronts him. The two fight a duel, and Don Giovanni kills him and escapes. Anna and her betrothed, Don Ottavio, swear to find the murderer and avenge her father. In the meantime, Don Giovanni and Leporello, his servant, encounter Donna Elvira. She has been abandoned by her betrothed and is now searching for him — and who should it be but Don Giovanni. He leaves the furious woman to Leporello who reveals to her the extent of his master's womanising. Elvira also swears to take vengeance on Don Giovanni. When Donna Anna finally realises that Don Giovanni is her father's murderer, the hunt for him begins in earnest. But he continues to waylay women, undeterred, and Leporello has to take the beatings intended for him. On the run again, the pair come to the statue on the Commendatore's grave. The statue comes to life, and Don Giovanni invites it to dinner. It really does come, and demands from Don Giovanni that he repent of his crimes. When Don Giovanni declines to do so, hell opens up and swallows him. The vengeful women, who were unable to exact revenge on their quarry, disperse and Leporello has to find himself a new master.

Cast

Conductor

Ivor Bolton

Biography
Director

Keith Warner

Biography
Co-Director

Michael Moxham

Biography
Set & costume design

Es Devlin

Biography
Light design

Wolfgang Göbbel

Biography
Choreography

Karl Alfred Schreiner

Biography
Don Giovanni (12, 14, 17, 19, 21 December)

Nathan Gunn

Biography
Don Giovanni (28 & 31 December)

Erwin Schrott

Biography
Leporello

Jonathan Lemalu

Biography
Donna Anna

Jane Archibald

Biography
Don Ottavio (12. & 14 December)

Saimir Pirgu

Biography
Don Ottavio (17., 19., 21., 28. & 31. December)

Martin Mitterrutzner

Biography
Il commendatore

Lars Woldt

Biography
Donna Elvira

Jennifer Larmore

Biography
Masetto

Tareq Nazmi

Biography
Zerlina

Mari Eriksmoen

Biography
Orchestra

Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Biography
Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

Biography

Umbesetzung

Aufgrund einer kurzfristigen Erkrankung von Martin Mitterrutzner, wird Saimir Pirgu die Rolle des Don Ottavio in der Premiere von „Don Giovanni“ am 12. Dezember und in der zweiten Vorstellung am 14. Dezember übernehmen.

In einer Neueinstudierung von Keith Warner gelangt die Erfolgsproduktion aus dem Mozartjahr 2006 mit einer internationalen Besetzung zur Premiere. Unter der musikalischen Leitung von Ivor Bolton ist erstmals das Mozarteumorchester Salzburg im Theater an der Wien zu hören, dessen Chefdirigent Bolton war.
 
Zwei dynamisch agierende wie stimmlich ausdrucksstarke Don Giovanni-Darsteller und Sänger erwarten das Publikum: Die Premiere und die Aufführungen von 12. bis 21. Dezember 2016 wird Nathan Gunn, der zuletzt in Bizets Die Perlenfischer als Zurga an der Wienzeile zu hören war, singen. Zum Jahresende am 28. und 31. Dezember 2016 ist Erwin Schrott zu erleben, der bereits im August 2009 als Don Giovanni auf der Bühne des Theater an der Wien stand.
Die kanadische Sopranistin Jane Archibald gibt als Donna Anna ihr Debüt am Theater an der Wien. In den weiteren Rollen treten auf: Lars Woldt als Komtur, Jennifer Larmore als Donna Elvira, Jonathan Lemalu als Leporello, Tareq Nazmi als Masetto und Mari Eriksmoen als Zerlina. Es singt der Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner).

Zu Saimir Pirgu:
Zuletzt war der aus Albanien stammende Tenor 2012 in Tschaikowskis „Iolanta“ und Rachmaninows „Francesca da Rimini“ am Theater an der Wien zu Gast. Nach seinem Studium in Bozen studierte Saimir Pirgu bei Luciano Pavarotti. Er debütierte 22-jährig in Ferrara in Mozarts „Così fan tutte“ unter Claudio Abbado. In dieser Partie war er 2004 der jüngste Sänger einer Hauptrolle bei den Salzburger Festspielen. Er feiert u.a. in Verdis „Rigoletto“, „La traviata“, Donizettis „L’elisir d’amore“, Mozarts „La clemenza di Tito“ und „Die Zauberflöte“ sowie Puccinis „La bohème“ regelmäßig Erfolge auf internationalen Opernbühnen wie der Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Mailänder Scala, Pariser Oper, Berliner Staatsoper und Deutschen Oper sowie dem Royal Opera House. Saimir Pirgu hat u.a. mit Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa und Daniele Gatti gearbeitet. Im Jahr 2013 erhielt er den Pavarotti d’Oro.

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Don Giovanni 2016/17

Premiere: December 12th, 2016 
Director: Keith Warner
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
A recreation of the 2006 Theater an der Wien Production in celebration of the 10th Anniversary
Fotos: © Werner Kmetitsch