Don Giovanni - Opéra national de Paris (2015) - Don Giovanni - Opéra national de Paris (2015)

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A myth, like an endlessly rewritten page: a palimpsest. That of Don Giovanni hovers over the character born in 1630 in Tirso de Molina's El Burlador de Sevilla, then over Mozart and Da Ponte’s dramma giocoso first performed in Prague in 1787, and finally over the composer’s life which has also acquired the status of a legend. The most stubborn critical analyses to which all three have been subjected for more than two centuries have never succeeded in laying low an irrepressible vitality nor in resolving the enigmas posed by this opera of operas. In the initial run of this production, first performed at the Palais Garnier on the 250th anniversary to the day of Mozart's birth – a symbolic date for Michael Haneke to present his own manifesto – the film director makes a clean sweep, doing away with the romantic fantasies propagated by E.T.A. Hoffmann's novella, in order to expose characters consumed by their own desires and empty ambitions. Commandeering the score to the point of dissecting each and every recitative with a scalpel, he projects the dissoluto’s lust for life into the here and now of an implacable struggle confined to the top floor of an office tower in the business district of La Defense. In a world where God is dead and where statues can no longer speak, the punishment no longer falls to the icy hand of the Commendatore. The members of the cleaning crew, victims turned executioners, wear the mask of vengeance. The Paris Opera is reviving this production for one last time. 

More information is available on the opera house's official website.

Schedule

September 12, 2015 19:30:00

September 14, 2015 19:30:00

September 16, 2015 19:30:00

September 19, 2015 19:30:00

September 23, 2015 19:30:00

September 26, 2015 19:30:00

September 29, 2015 19:30:00

October 02, 2015 19:30:00

October 06, 2015 19:30:00

October 11, 2015 14:30:00

October 16, 2015 19:30:00

October 18, 2015 14:30:00

Casting

Patrick Lange

Patrick Lange

Marius Stieghorst

Artur Rucinski

Alessio Arduini

Alexander Tsymbalyuk

Maria Bengtsson

Matthew Polenzani

Karine Deshayes

Nadine Sierra

Gaëlle Arquez

Fernando Radó

Work's characters list

Director

Conductor

Conductor

Don Giovanni

Leporello

Il Commendatore

Donna Anna

Don Ottavio

Donna Elvira

Zerlina

Zerlina

Masetto

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