Thursday, August 26, 2021 - Start: 8:00 PM

Dramma giocoso in two acts by W. A. Mozart (Salzburg Festival 2021, Großes Festspielhaus – in Italian). A co-production by ORF, ZDF/Arte, NHK and UNITEL

Director: Romeo Castellucci
Director: Romeo Castellucci
Don Giovanni is among the central components of the Salzburg Festival’s DNA, along with the two other works of Mozart’s Da Ponte cycle and Jedermann. In 1922, Don Juan (then performed in German) was the first opera ever to grace the Salzburg Festival’s programme: at the time, it was performed by the Vienna State Opera under the baton of Richard Strauss. In 2021 we look forward to a new reading of this masterwork, which has always inspired new and current interpretations: director Romeo Castellucci and conductor Teodor Currentzis provoke a new view and a new way of listening to this “opera of operas”. To them, approaching Don Giovanni means confronting the ambiguity and complexity and the inner imbalance Mozart lends to his opera’s main protagonist. Vitality and destructiveness: this ambivalence defines the figure to them. They attempt to characterize the clearly distinguishable characters and musical physiognomies of the protagonists surrounding Don Giovanni and their relationships with him without short-changing the comical element of the “drama giocoso”.


Conductor: Teodor Currentzis | Director: Romeo Castellucci | Duration: ca. 174 Minuten With: Davide Luciano (Don Giovanni), Mika Kares (Il Commendatore), Nadezhda Pavlova (Donna Anna), Michael Spyres (Don Ottavio), Federica Lombardi (Donna Elvira), Vito Priante (Leporello), David Steffens (Masetto), Anna Lucia Richter (Zerlina)