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Don Giovanni
Sun, 11. May 2025, 16:00

The »opera of all operas«, directed by Kirill Serebrennikov at the Schiller Theatre! After the tale of love and loss in Così fan tutte and the social disparities between servants and masters in The Marriage of Figaro , Serebrennikov now completes Mozart’s Da Ponte trilogy with arguably the most dangerous of the three operas . . .A gentleman who’s a playboy, a servant who’s tired of serving, and a long list of cheated women: Don Giovanni takes what he wants and knows how to throw a magnificent party. The servant Leporello grumbles under his master’s seductive exploits, as he’s the one who has to clean up afterward, comforting and even enlightening the duped. But when Don Giovanni kills the Commendatore in a duel over the honour of his daughter Donna Anna, even Leporello has had enough. But his master is already onto his next victim: Zerlina. It is only his former lover Elvira who refuses to countenance his betrayal and tries to warn the other women about the philanderer—of course in vain. Seducing and deceiving, Don Giovanni simply enjoys gambling with his life, until the ghosts of the past come to haunt him . . .

With Don Giovanni , Mozart and Da Ponte successfully created a masterwork of the operatic canon. In this dramma giocoso or ‘lighthearted drama’, they achieved—through Mozart’s sophisticated psychological composition, spellbinding melodies, and brilliant instrumentation—an extraordinary study of human nature that, in Kirill Serebrennikov’s fearless hands, brings up compelling questions about sex, the power of seduction, the pursuit of individual freedom, and the right to defy societal norms.

BY THE WAYThose curious to see more of Mozart, Da Ponte, and Serebrennikov can also see The Marriage of Figaro with us.

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus MozartDramma giocoso in two acts [1787]Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

12 - 76 €