Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni as seen by Leporello... A treat for the senses and the mind, to be enjoyed in all the splendour of its modern amorality

Approximate running time  3h30
Sung in Italian with French subtitles

Don Giovanni prides itself in being a dramma giocoso. Not an easy expression to translate, given how starkly contradictory the terms would appear to be. But dig below the surface and you are plunged into a delightful swirl of ambiguities. Nothing here is set in stone: the libertinage is passionate, but couples meet and part. Fate plays tricks with masks, right up until the final challenge.

Stage director Stéphane Braunschweig, who created this show first performed in spring 2013, chose to revisit the character of Don Giovanni, traditionally portrayed as a cynical womaniser, and show him instead through the eyes of Leporello. Before becoming Don Giovanni's servant, friend or confident, Leporello was his first spectator. And he invited us, as spectators ourselves, to see him from the same angle, at once close and removed. "What I find most interesting is the human drama - a human drama that can resonate for our consciences today" is how Stéphane Braunschweig likes to describe his approach to dramatic art. And he proves to us that the licentious Don Giovanni's quest for "supreme freedom" is still as meaningful as ever today.

Jérémie Rhorer and his Cercle de l’Harmonie will be in the orchestra pit again, as they were three seasons ago. Hailed as the Pelléas of his generation, Jean-Sébastien Bou takes on the role of Don Giovanni in this production. His elegance and his perfectly timbred voice (clear in the high register and generous in the low notes) should work wonders. Robert Gleadow, who played Leporello in the first performance, will once again assume that "dual" viewpoint. They will be surrounded by the youth and talent of Julie Boulianne and Myrtò Papatanasiu, Julien Behr and Anna Grevelius. This production has everything it takes to make the dissolute hero's last day a feast for the mind and the senses.

No results found Quit search