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Salzburg Festival

Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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In Guth’s almost cinematic Salzburg Festival production, every character in Mozart’s most realistic opera seems to carry a back-story of thwarted love and frustration. Everyone appears to be seeking either salvation or damnation in the woods – a compelling concept that removes the opera from its traditional pseudo-Seville squares and palaces.

And when Don Giovanni is played by Christopher Maltman, it’s no wonder that Donna Anna (Annette Dasch), Donna Elvira (Dorothea Röschmann) and even Zerlina (Ekaterina Siurina) are ready to throw themselves at his feet. With a physique as striking as his full-bodied baritone voice, Maltman embodies Don Giovanni as an almost reluctant seducer, a man fated to bring misery to women and, ultimately, to himself.

Next to Maltman, it is Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott who rivets the audience in this production: “Schrott’s Leporello is an event in his own right, the event of the Salzburg Don Giovanni” (Die Welt).


ConductorBertrand de Billy

DirectorClaus Guth

CastChristopher Maltman | Anatoli Kotscherga Erwin Schrott | Annette Dasch Dorothea Röschmann

Number of actsOpera in 2 acts

Total running time2 hours 56 min

Running time by actAct1: 1h 33min | Act2: 1h 23min

Sung inItalian

SubtitlesEnglish | Spanish | French

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