How many comic operas begin with spinechilling chords and slithering chromatics in the eerie key of D minor, continue with a cold-blooded murder, and end with the hero’s consignment to hell? Don Giovanni, even more than Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, the other two dark-shaded opere buffe by Mozart and Da Ponte, slinks restlessly between comedy and tragedy.
Jonathan Kent’s sleek, suspenseful production, first seen in the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival, captures this duality. ‘All the nuance and subtlety of this tension is present in Mr Kent’s sublime staging, which should become a Glyndebourne classic,’ wrote the Wall Street Journal.
The name ‘Don Juan’ has become a synonym for ‘womaniser’. The legendary 14th-century Spanish nobleman has inspired a still-unabated flood of literary and stage works, films and visual art. But in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, we meet the Don on a most unusual day: a day of foiled sexual conquests; a day in which he upsets the natural order by killing a man; his last day on earth.
In the title role, Canadian baritone Elliot Madore, returning after his 2012 Festival debut in L’heure espagnole, joins the distinguished line of Glyndebourne Dons beginning with John Brownlee in 1936. British tenor Ben Johnson sings Don Ottavio opposite Canadian soprano Layla Claire, returning as Donna Anna after her Glyndebourne Tour debut in 2012. Italian soprano Serena Farnocchia, who made her debut at Glyndebourne in La bohème in 2012, returns as Donna Elvira. Andrés Orozco-Estrada makes his Glyndebourne debut conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
A revival of the 2010 Festival production
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Supported by a Syndicate of individuals
Dates & Times - Don Giovanni
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|Saturday 7 June 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£175.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Wednesday 11 June 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£110.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Saturday 14 June 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£165.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Wednesday 18 June 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£110.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Saturday 21 June 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£110.00||Book Now|
|Friday 27 June 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£110.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Friday 4 July 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£15.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Wednesday 9 July 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£110.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Sunday 13 July 2014||3:55pm||5:35 - 7:05pm||8:25pm||£165.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Wednesday 16 July 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£15.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Saturday 19 July 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£20.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Friday 25 July 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£15.00 - £215.00||Book Now|
|Tuesday 29 July 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£10.00 - £160.00||Book Now|
|Friday 1 August 2014||5:10pm||6:50 - 8:20pm||9:40pm||£95.00 - £160.00||Book Now|
Don Giovanni recorded live in 2010 will be in cinemas from 6 July 2013.
Find your nearest venue listed below.
|Sun 6 Jul||4:30pm|
|Sun 6 Jul||1:00pm|
|Sun 20 Jul||5:00pm|
Don Giovanni (2010 Festival recording) will be broadcast in July in collaboration with The Telegraph newspaper.
Leporello waits outside the Commendatore’s home as Don Giovanni, his master, is inside with the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna. The masked Giovanni runs from the house with Anna following him. Awakened by the clamor, the Commendatore challenges Don Giovanni to a duel, which ends in the Commendatore’s death. After Giovanni and Leporello flee, Anna and her fiancé, Don Ottavio, swear vengeance upon the Commendatore’s masked killer.
Giovanni and Leporello overhear the plaint of a forsaken woman. Giovanni approaches, planning to seduce her, until he recognises her as Donna Elvira, a woman he recently seduced and abandoned. Giovanni orders Leporello to distract her while he escapes. Leporello tells Elvira that she is merely one of Don Giovanni’s thousands of conquests.
Villagers celebrate the impending wedding of Zerlina and Masetto. Giovanni, lusting after Zerlina, orders Leporello to entertain Masetto and the other revellers so that he may be alone with Zerlina. Giovanni has nearly conquered Zerlina when Elvira interrupts. Anna and Ottavio arrive and ask for Giovanni’s help in finding the Commendatore’s murderer. Elvira’s denunciations of Giovanni arouse their suspicions, but he assures them that Elvira is mad. After Giovanni leaves, Anna tells Ottavio that she has recognised Giovanni as her father’s murderer.
Masetto chastises Zerlina for flirting with Giovanni, but she persuades him to forgive her. Giovanni invites the couple, along with three masked companions, to a party at his home. The masked trio – Anna, Ottavio and Elvira – steel themselves before entering.
At Giovanni’s party, Zerlina’s screams interrupt the dancing revellers, and Giovanni falsely accuses Masetto of attacking her. Anna, Ottavio and Elvira reveal their identities and confront Don Giovanni, who manages to escape.
Leporello threatens to leave Giovanni’s service, but Giovanni convinces him to stay and help him seduce Elvira’s maid. Exchanging clothes with Leporello, Giovanni serenades the maid while Leporello, dressed as Giovanni, diverts Elvira. Giovanni, still dressed as Leporello, encounters Masetto leading a vengeful mob in search of the Don. Giovanni dupes Masetto and escapes, and Zerlina comforts her battered fiancé.
Leporello, disguised as Giovanni, is trying to flee Elvira when he is trapped by Ottavio, Anna, Zerlina and Masetto, who believe they’ve finally captured Giovanni. Leporello reveals his identity, pleads for mercy, and finally escapes. Ottavio reaffirms his intention to avenge Anna. Elvira laments her betrayal by Giovanni.
Meeting up in a cemetery, Giovanni and Leporello encounter the slain Commendatore. Giovanni orders Leporello to invite the statue to dinner, and, to Leporello’s horror, his invitation is accepted.
Ottavio reassures Anna that her father’s death will soon be avenged, leaving them free to marry. Anna, however, still feels reluctant to marry so soon after her father’s death.
Giovanni feasts, waited upon by Leporello. Elvira bursts in, urging Giovanni to mend his ways, but he scorns her pleas. Elvira and Leporello encounter the Commendatore as he arrives for dinner. The Commendatore demands that Giovanni atone for his sins, but he defiantly refuses and meets his doom.
Anna, Ottavio, Elvira, Masetto and Zerlina arrive in search of Giovanni but find only the stunned Leporello, who reports his master’s bizarre fate., They agree that all evil-doers must meet such a terrible end.
Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Director Jonathan Kent
Revival Director Lloyd Wood
Designer Paul Brown
Movement Director Denni Sayers
Lighting Designer Mark Henderson
Fight Director Paul Benzing
Il Commendatore Taras Shtonda
Donna Anna Layla Claire
Don Ottavio Ben Johnson
Don Giovanni Elliot Madore
Leporello Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Donna Elvira Serena Farnocchia
Zerlina Lenka Máčiková
Masetto Brandon Cedel