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|Greek National Opera|
Don Giovanni – Greek National Opera
W. A. Mozart
In co-production with the Göteborg Opera (Sweden) and the Royal Danish Opera
Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera – SNFCC
Performances: 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30 Oct 2022
Starts: 19.30 (Sundays: 18.30)
This international Greek National Opera co-production with the Göteborg Opera and Royal Danish Opera was filmed inside the Stavros Niarchos Hall in December 2021, without an audience, to premiere on the Greek National Opera’s online television channel (GNO TV). Following its Copenhagen presentation at the Royal Danish Opera, Don Giovanni is returning to Athens for its Hellenic premiere –before a live audience this time– at the Greek National Opera. The production is directed by the acclaimed director and ex-artistic director of the Royal Danish Opera, John Fulljames. This production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to enhance the GNO’s artistic outreach.
In Don Giovanni –a seminal work in the opera repertoire– Mozart imbued his music with every possible perspective on the path followed by a man who decides to defy God and take his fate firmly into his own hands. The plot tackles the sexual escapades of the rakish Spanish nobleman Don Giovanni. It is on one of these misadventures that he attempts to rape Donna Anna. While making his escape, he kills her father, who returns from the dead to take his revenge. Utterly unrepentant in the face of everything he has done, Don Giovanni is led down into hell.
Fulljames sets the action in a modern-day hotel – a city in microcosm, and a temporary meeting place where what’s private is made public, and your stay is strictly limited. The director notes: “Don Giovanni is an enduring opera because it has so many aspects; there is broad humour and great theatrical set pieces, all in a dark thriller about a seducer who must be stopped. It is about how we live together in society and, as ever with opera, about how we face death. The climax is the long-awaited death of Don Giovanni himself as he chooses death, hell even, over denying who he is. His death is an expression of order reasserting itself over the unrestrained liberty he represents.”
Conductor Ondrej Olos, Director John Fulljames, Revival director Aylin Bozok, Sets Dick Bird, Costumes Annemarie Woods, Choreography Maxine Braham, Lighting Fabiana Piccioli, Lighting revival Neill Brinkworth, Video design Will Duke, Chorus master Agathangelos Georgakatos.
With the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Greek National Opera
Ticket prices: €15, €20, €35, €40, €50, €55, €65, €80
Students, children: €15
Limited visibility seats: €10