Don Giovanni

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Conductor : 
Rinaldo Alessandrini
Director : 
Jaco Van Dormael
Choirmaster : 
Pierre Iodice
Artist : 
Mario Cassi, Laurent Kubla, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Veronica Cangemi, Leonardo Cortellazzi, Céline Mellon, Roger Joakim, Luciano Montanaro
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Dates : 
Sun, 20/11/2016 to Tue, 29/11/2016

Last performance at the Opera : November 2004.

The incorrigible seducer Don Giovanni and his servant Leporello traverse the world in search of new love affairs. Pursued by the Commander, a moral authority and father of his prey, Donna Anna, Don Giovanni kills him before shamelessly seeking out other conquests. After an ultimate provocation, caught up by morals, he will burn in hell!


Love is a constant theme in Mozart’s operas. Each work explores its most diverse aspects. Don Giovanni is unique because it does not deploy true pairs of lovers. The delicious air du catalogue is merely a comical but accountable inventory. There is no traditional love duet. Even the famous Là ci darem la mano... is closer to an erotic promise than to a sincere declaration. Here, love is always one-directional. Ottavio loves Anna who drives him to distraction. The young Masetto loves the saucy Zerlina and Elvira legitimately loves Don Giovanni who loves none... but desires them all! A meditation on love and seduction...

Mozart’s opera has the liveliest surprises in store. In order to stage this joyous and tragic show, we could have not hoped for better than the Belgian film-maker Jaco Van Dormael. It was he who, on the reopening of our theatre in 2012, produced Stradella by César Franck, which was a huge success. His credo for the stage: “Putting opera on stage is above all pictorial work, unlike cinema. The lighting needs to be permanently developed. It’s like a firm plan where everything must be transformed all the time. One tries to recreate the eye’s journey in the context of opera.”...

To conduct this timeless masterpiece, you will find Rinaldo Alessandrini, one of the leading specialists of the baroque and classical repertoire who was cheered by the public in Liege during L'inimico delle donne in 2011. En route to seduction!


All opera performances are preceded by an introduction to the show that is open to all. The appointment is set 30 minutes before the performance in the company of a lecturer for a presentation that is pertinent to the work.


This show will be played on the 4th of December 2016
at the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Charleroi.