MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni, K. 527 [Opera] (Zurich Opera, 2001)

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni, K. 527 [Opera] (Zurich Opera, 2001)


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Don Giovanni, K. 527
Libretto/Text Author: Ponte, Lorenzo da

Commendatore: Salminen, Matti
Don Giovanni: Gilfry, Rodney
Don Ottavio: Sacca, Roberto
Donna Anna: Rey, Isabel
Donna Elvira: Bartoli, Cecilia
Leporello: Polgar, Laszlo

Set/Stage Designer: Wonder, Erich
Costume Designer: Gerkan, Florence von
Lighting Designer: Hoffmann, Jurgen
Choreographer: Luhr, Catharina
Stage Director: Flimm, Jurgen
Television Director: Large, Brian

Venue: Zurich Opera House
Playing Time: 03:09:55
Catalogue Number: MID13244438



The overwhelming success of the Prague performance of Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) in December 1786, led to the commissioning of a new opera. Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte turned to the Don Juan theme, making this promising material the basis for their new opera. In the spring of 1787 Mozart began to compose it in Vienna, and was able to complete it in Prague by the autumn of the same year. Don Giovanni received its first performance, under the composer's personal direction, on 20 October 1787 at Prague's Count Nostitz National Theatre.

This production of Don Giovanni at the Zurich Opera House was staged by the highly creative team of conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, director Jurgen Flimm and set-designer Erich Wonder. Rodney Gilfry and Cecilia Bartoli lead a first-class group of singers.

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