Don GiovanniWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dramma giocoso in two acts
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, based on Tirso de Molina’s El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra
Don Giovanni or the dispute between freedom and order.
Don Juan is a creature of darkness: nothing about him is experienced in the presence of the light of day. The light of candles and smoking torches will barely permit him to make his way along the paths followed by this doubtful hero of back alleys and gusting wind. There is no when or where in this story of nocturnal iniquities, which occur amidst shadows and veiled faces. There is only one dispute between two ideas, which at this point in the Age of Enlightenment will turn out to be crucial: the concept of freedom and the notion of order.
Freedom, acclaimed with effusive cheers by Giovannni at a party of faceless bodies to which he invites the whole world, is contrasted with the order claimed by the metaphysical justice of the stone statue of the Commendatore and the infernal choir of scorching fire.
The dispute is resolved in the light and the rake is dissolved in the infernal dark and nothingness of the night of the souls.
Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana
Chorus master Francesc Perales
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
A Teatro La Fenice, Venice, production