Presented by Opera Australia
He's mad. He's bad. He's dangerous. But damn him to hell, his serenades are divine.
It's the last day of Don Giovanni's life, but he doesn't know that.
For opera's own Casanova, it's just another day of pleasure-seeking. Seducing a bride on her wedding day. Breaking into a woman's bedroom in the dead of night. Killing her furious father.
Even before the curtain rises, Mozart reveals Don Giovanni's fate. An earth-shattering chord from the orchestra signals the gates of hell clanging open. The scoundrel's debauched days are at an end.
When he hears a voice from beyond the grave, warning of impending punishment, Don Giovanni has no fear. Half-mocking, half-earnest, he invites the statue of the man he's just killed to dinner.
Sir David McVicar's production reveals the darkness in opera's most compelling anti-hero. His Don Giovanni is a psychological thriller on a grand scale.
Monumental sets place the story in a gothic underworld inspired by the catacombs of Vienna. Monochromatic period costumes feature stunning embroidery. Can the characters keep their morals as tightly buttoned?
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
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The home of Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet, the Joan Sutherland Theatre is the second largest indoor venue in the Opera House with a seated capacity for up to 1507. It features an extensive fly system and flexible staging and is suitable for all genres. Up to 70 musicians can be accommodated in the orchestra pit.
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