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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1756 - 1791
Dramma giocoso in two acts
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
World premiere: October 29th 1787, Nostic Theatre, Prague
Sung in Italian with German surtitles

About the piece

Mozart’s dramma giocoso is about the power of sensual desire, a continual burning, longing, worlds away from the logical and conceptual order of things. The music alone describes the title character’s »boistrously lighthearted cheerfulness«, wrote Sören Kierkegaard. »It comes from another kind world«, said Mozart.
    Everybody knew the story about the most famous erotomaniac of modern times when Lorenzo Da Ponte set about re-creating him in 1887. It all began in an era of the galante and libertine, when bedrooms were more like altars and churches, theatres. »I was a slave to my vices, but a free man in my conscience«, noted Jean-Jacques Rousseau describing, better than anyone else, philosophy during the rococo period, which included depths being hidden on the surface, difficulties disguised to make them look easy and death and the devil made a fool with exuberant vitality. Don Giovanni’s laugh never dies away, even in the graveyard. The manic seducer’s last word, his »Ah…!« as he descends into the flames – could be interpreted as the sensuous revolting against a life after death, whether it be in heaven or hell.

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Thursday 15.05.2014 19:00 h

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Sebastian Weigle
Christof Loy
Set Designer
Johannes Leiacker
Costume Designer
Ursula Renzenbrink
Lighting Designer
Olaf Winter
Norbert Abels
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Markus Ehmann

Don Giovanni
Christian Gerhaher
Donna Anna
Brenda Rae
Don Ottavio
Martin Mitterrutzner
Robert Lloyd
Donna Elvira
Juanita Lascarro
Simon Bailey
Björn Bürger
Grazia Doronzio

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