Monday, August 19, 2019 - Start: 8:00 PM

Dramma giocoso in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Salzburg Festival 2006, Großes Festspielhaus – in Italian). A production by UNITEL and BFMI in co-production with ORF

Martin Kušej’s 2002 production with the star baritone Thomas Hampson as Don Giovanni was revived for the Mozart Year in 2006 and is now being screened at the Siemens Festival>Nights – at the time, it was highly controversial. No wonder, for the director and the conductor at the time, Nikolaus Harnoncourt – the revival was subsequently led by shooting star Daniel Harding – read Mozart’s dramma giocoso as a study of male lust, love’s delusions and social convention, far from relaxed benevolence. The story of Don Giovanni, one of the great, eternally fascinating myths of mankind, is presented here as a “sombre view into a male soul that devours and tortures women” – thus the summary of the renowned newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which went on to note the “brutal atmosphere of this Salzburg reckoning with pop, post-modernism and its favourite subject, fashion,” whose perfect eroticism is shown here unmistakably as a “cipher for death”.


Conductor: Daniel Harding | Director: Martin Kušej | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 180 Minutes | Featuring: Thomas Hampson (Don Giovanni), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Leporello), Christine Schäfer (Donna Anna), Melanie Diener (Elvira), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Zerlina), Piotr Beczała (Don Ottavio)