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Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer
9 - 12 August 2017
Festival Theatre

Following his acclaimed reimagining of The Marriage of Figaro at the 2015 International Festival, pioneering Hungarian musician Iván Fischer both conducts and directs his daring personal vision of Mozart’s masterpiece. He presents the world of the opera as seen through the eyes of the Don – a dangerous, erotic place, empty of sets or props, where enticing bodies take their place, as his chorus of young actors become doors, windows, beds, tables, or sinister means of death.

If you could seduce at will – why would you ever stop?

Charismatic and impulsive, Don Giovanni prowls Europe – accompanied by long-suffering sidekick Leporello – leaving a retinue of seduced and betrayed women in his wake. But when the father of his most recent conquest challenges him, the Don unleashes a dark power whose demons are hungry for revenge.

Mozart’s masterful operatic dissection of lust and betrayal swings restlessly between comedy and tragedy to startling effect. It contains some of Mozart’s most irresistible music – from Leporello’s darkly witty catalogue aria, to the seductive duet ‘Là ci darem la mano’.

Fischer is joined by a strong cast of international soloists, and an ensemble drawn from his own Budapest Festival Orchestra, for this remarkable, provocative staging.

involving, imaginative and theatrically daring

The New York Times

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  • Language: 
    Performed in Italian with English supertitles
  • Audio Described:
    11 Aug 7pm
  • Running time: 
    3hrs 20mins approx (one interval)


Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,

Supported by

Geoff and Mary Ball

A bequest from the late
Charles Smith has made
this production possible.


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    Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

    Don Giovanni Christopher Maltman 
    Leporello Jose Fardilha 
    Donna Anna Laura Aikin 
    Donna Elvira Lucy Crowe 
    Don Ottavio Jeremy Ovenden 
    Commendatore Kristinn Sigmundsson 
    Zerlina Sylvia Schwartz 
    Masetto Matteo Peirone 

    Iván Fischer Conductor and production director

    Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Students of the Budapest Acting Academy

    This production was originally co-produced by Budapest Festival Orchestra and Müpa Budapest

    More information about some of the artists

    Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Iván Fischer

    Christopher Maltman
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    Laura Aikin

    Lucy Crowe

    Jeremy Ovenden

    Sylvia Schwartz

    Matteo Peirone

    Don Giovanni | The Herald

    August 10th 2017

    a production which is inventive, interesting and which takes the great seducer far from the beaten path ★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    Kevin Holdsworth
    The Herald

    Don Giovanni | The Scotsman

    August 11th 2017

    Christopher Maltman’s Don totally nails it ★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    Carol Main
    The Scotsman

    Don Giovanni | Daily Mail

    August 11th 2017

    This masterwork is indeed a wondrous combination of the comic, the tragic and the supernatural ★★★★

    Review by: 

    Tom Kyle
    Daily Mail

    Photo: Müpa Budapest / Zsuzsanna Pető

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

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