Nathan Gunn, director
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
“If you choose not to come to me and restore me with your love and sex, I will die before your eyes.” It sounds incredible, but it is the truth of Don Juan. We get a glimpse of the most important 24 hours of his life in this treasured opera by Mozart, Don Giovanni. Don Giovanni’s addiction grows, and rather than using seduction, he employs power and charm to take what he wants. This arrogance leads him into a destructive spiral of rape and murder . . . or so we are told.
Don Giovanni was written at a time of social upheaval, when the status quo was being challenged. This was seen in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, which foreshadows the overthrow of the nobility and feudal rule. Throughout Don Giovanni, we hear of the protagonist’s sexual conquests and licentiousness from Leporello (his disgruntled servant), but we never witness it. Could this be just another step towards revolution? Could 2,065 women in 20 years and five countries be an exaggeration designed to destroy the credibility of Leporello’s master and be the catalyst for revolt?
The internationally acclaimed baritone and School of Music faculty member Nathan Gunn will be making his directorial debut and will be joined by Filippo Ciabatti, beloved Florentine conductor, to bring this dramma giocoso to life.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles