Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

6 8 10 13 15 17 19 21 July
Dramma giocoso in two acts
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
First performed on 29 October 1787 at the State Theater of Prague
Don Giovanni - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
© Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Jérémie Rhorer
Stage Director
Jean-François Sivadier
Stage Designer
Alexandre de Dardel
Costume Designer
Virginie Gervaise
Lighting Designer
Philippe Berthomé
Hair & Make-up Designer
Cécile Kretschmar
Associate Stage Director
Véronique Timsit
Johanne Saunier
Music Assistant
Nicholas Bootiman
Pianists Vocal Coaches
Jorge Jimenez, Benjamin Laurent*
Language Coach
Roberta Salsi
Stage director Assistant
Rachid Zanouda
Costumes Assistant
Morganne Legg
Light Assistant
Jean-Jacques Beaudouin
Don Giovanni
Philippe Sly
Nahuel di Pierro
Donna Anna
Eleonora Buratto
Don Ottavio
Pavol Breslik
Donna Elvira
Isabel Leonard
Julie Fuchs*
Krzysztof Baczyk*
Il Commendatore
David Leigh
Juliette Allain, Cyprien Colombo, Rachid Zanouda
English Voices
Chorus master
Tim Brown
Le Cercle de l'Harmonie
*Former artists of the Académie

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.

Programme (pdf in French)


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.

Thursday 6 July 2017
Saturday 8 July 2017
Monday 10 July 2017
Thursday 13 July 2017
Saturday 15 July 2017
Monday 17 July 2017
Wednesday 19 July 2017
Friday 21 July 2017

Prices: 270€, 180€, 150€, 120€, 55€, 30€
Youth Prices: 9€
Children’s discovery offer for all performances, except the opening night
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

3h10 with an interval

Sung in Italian with French and English surtitles