From tomorrow, a brand new production of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni is on at Teatru Manoel as a part of the BOV Opera Week.
Don Giovanni is the second in the trilogy of operas Mozart wrote to libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte (1749-1838). The first of them, Le Nozze di Figaro (which Teatru Manoel produced last year) was premiered in Vienna on 1 May 1786 while Don Giovanni’s was in Prague on 29 October 1787. Così fan tutte (which Teatru Manoel will produce next year) was to follow with a premiere in Vienna on 26 January 1790. This collaboration was to be one of the most famous in the history of opera, and Da Ponte’s name is now forever linked with Mozart’s.
The opera features a stellar cast of top local and foreign opera singers: Christian Bowers as Don Giovanni, Pauls Putnins as Leporello, Amy Corkery as Donna Anna, Richard Wiegold as Il Commendatore, Tommaso Barea as Masetto and the Maltese sopranos Claire Debono as Donna Anna and Nicola Said as Zerlina and tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens as Don Ottavio. It will be conducted by the renowned Philip Walsh with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
The audience will be in for a real treat, as this Don Giovanni at the Manoel will be a completely new, daring and exciting production with Jack Furness as Director and Designer who cleverly captures all the comic and dramatic elements of this most popular opera.
Don Giovanni (5th, 7th, 9th, 11th March) is part of the Teatru Manoel Opera Week, dedicated to the memory of Maestro Joseph Vella. The Opera Week includes concerts by the renowned pianist Vassilis Varvaresos (6th March), flautist Rebecca Hall with pianist Lucia Micallef Hunt (8th March), both at the Manoel, and a concert by soprano Miriam Gauci with the Goldberg Ensemble conducted by Michael Laus (10th March) at St. Augustine’s Church, Valletta.
There are discounted tickets for those attending the opera and these other three events. Booking is from Teatru Manoel website, or telephone 2124 6389.