Even today, the figure of the libertine Don Giovanni appeals to our imagination. He is the power of seduction incarnate, the privateer pur sang who does not allow himself to become morally enslaved.
However, in Mozart's opera, Don Giovanni struggles with a growing sense of powerlessness, which makes his behaviour increasingly boisterous. It is this arrogance that brings him down. However, we see that as soon as he disappears from the stage, life loses its colour.
Don Giovanni was Mozart’s second collaboration with librettist Da Ponte, following their success with Le Nozze di Figaro. This Don Giovanni is playful and dynamic but also probes the depths of the human psyche. It is the ‘opera of operas’. Guy Joosten’s new Don Giovanni is the second part of this season’s Mozart-Da Ponte cycle.