New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
In coproduction with the Opéra national de Lorraine, the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Zitto : mi pare sentir odor di femmina... !
Shh! I think I can smell the scent of a woman... !
A thousand and three female conquests in Spain alone! Don Juan has been alternately portrayed as a sex addict, a champion of freedom or as a “great lord but wicked man”. Of all the manifestations of this myth, Mozart’s opera seems the most timeless thanks to the clash it creates between laughter and terror, between joyful comedy and metaphysical fable. From the opening notes of this comic opera, where the terrible grandeur of the music of the Commendatore turns into the frantic race of the seducer, contrast reigns supreme. And the libertine dances above the abyss: Don Giovanni will only be stopped by the stone statue that invites him to a banquet at which no earthly food is eaten. More than two centuries after it was first created, this highpoint of the operatic canon – which has historic links with the Festival d’Aix – retains all its power. In this new production, the energy of a young cast enthused by the ultra-theatrical staging of Jean-François Sivadier and the ultra-Mozartian conducting of Jérémie Rhorer, make for a dazzling feast of seduction and desire. And a headlong rush into the abyss.
In 1990 a Cloak in bronze by Anna Chromy, symbolizing the Commendatore, found its place in front of the Estates Theatre in Prague. In 2010 the concept is completed with a Cloak of Conscience in pristine white marble. In 2017, the marble becomes part of Don Giovanni's set at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.