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Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito
About the performance

Don Giovanni, the greatest opera of all time according to Wagner, Rossini and Gounod, was extremely successful in Prague (the premiere was held on the 29th of October 1787), but in Vienna received a relatively cool reception. According to Kaiser Joseph II, the music by Mozart was “indeed overly complicated for singing”. One of the critics of the 1780s expressed a similar, far from singular, opinion the following way: “The beauty, grandeur and nobility of this music will always be no more than a lot for the chosen. This music is unfit for the ears of the majority: it just tickles the ear leaving the heart unsatisfied”.

In the 18th century, the plot about the Spanish grandee Don Giovanni was probably the most popular. The love affairs and adventures found a great response in the spirit of the century, that doubted and could laugh at anything. Numerous “dongiovannies” had been present on various European stages before, appearing as servant Harlequin in the Italian commedia dell'arte, as Hans Wurst in Germany and Austria… Audiences observed how Don Giovanni was fried in a hellish frying pan for his lecherous feats not without a gloating satisfaction.

Premiered on October 29, 1987.

Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Conductor of the premiere
Lev Ossovsky
Set Designer
Viktor Volsky
Costume Designer
Rafail Volsky
Choreographer
Lilia Talankina
Lighting Designer
Vladimir Ivakin
Scene:
Chamber Stage
Run time:
3 hours 15 minutes
Language:
Italian
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Natalia Ritter as Donna Anna. Alexei Morozov as Don Giovanni.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Anna Bauman as Donna Elvira, Alexander Polkovnikov as Don Giovanni, Alexei Prokopyev as Leporello.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Roman Shevchuk as Leporello.

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Alexei Morozov as Don Giovanni, Marianna Asvoynova as Donna Elvira.

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Irina Alekseenko as Donna Elvira.

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Alexandra Nanoshkina as Zerlina, Irina Alekseenko as Donna Elvira.

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Olga Burmistrova as Zerlina, David Tselauri as Masetto.

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Tatiana Koninskaya as Donna Anna, Alexander Polkovnikov as Don Giovanni, Zakhar Kovalyov as Don Ottavio.

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Tatiana Fedotova as Donna Anna, Igor Vyalykh as Don Ottavio.

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Natalia Ritter as Donna Anna. Alexey Sulimov as Don Ottavio.

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German Yukavsky as Leporello, Roman Bobrov as Don Giovanni.

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Anatoly Zakharov as Masetto, Alexander Polkovnikov as Don Giovanni.

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Anatoly Zakharov as Masetto, Alexandra Mayskaya as Zerlina, Roman Shevchuk as Leporello.

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Irina Alekseenko as Donna Elvira. German Yukavsky as Leporello.

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Alexei Morozov as Don Giovanni, Roman Shevchuk as Leporello.

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German Yukavsky as Leporello, Roman Bobrov as Don Giovanni.

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Alexander Polkovnikov as Don Giovanni, Zakhar Kovalyov as Don Ottavio, Tatiana Koninskaya as Donna Anna, Alexandra Mayskaya as Zerlina.

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Alexei Morozov as Don Giovanni.

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Viktor Borovkov as Commendatore. Alexander Polkovnikov as Don Giovanni.

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Alexei Morozov as Don Giovanni.

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Cast
18 January
2022

Tuesday, 19:00

19 September
2021

Sunday, 14:00

18 September
2021

Saturday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Leporello, Don Giovanni’s servant, is waiting for his master, who has entered the house of the Commendatore with intent to seduce that gentleman’s daughter, Donna Anna. The Don emerges, pursued by the young lad. Donna Anna, who is betrothed to Don Ottavio, has managed to beat off her assailant and now attempts to discover his identity. Alerted by his daughter’s cries, the Commendatore hurries to the scene, but is mortally wounded by Don Giovanni.

Leporello and his master escape. When Donna Anna, who has gone to seek help, returns accompanied by her betrothed and several servants, she finds only the dead body of her father. Donna Anna enjoins Don Ottavio to swear vengeance on her father’s murderer.

Don Giovanni and Leporello, in search of fresh adventures, come across Donna Elvira, who was seduced and abandoned by Don Giovanni and has been looking for him to get her revenge.

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