W. A. Mozart
An exasperating showman, the quicksilver of eroticism, Don Giovanni promises women love, and here we go again. He is as incredible as he is unfaithful: the seductions can be counted by the thousand, and at least three take place during this evening’s opera alone. No wonder Casanova himself is said to have attended the first performance in Prague in 1787.
If the protagonist is reckless, Mozart, the composer, had everything under control. Don Giovanni is a masterpiece and one of the five exceptionally popular operas with which Mozart made history. He not only established the framework for the music of his time, but also blew it apart.
‘As usual, he promises love, fidelity and marriage, asking only for a brief moment of passion in his castle in return.’
Waltteri Torikka and Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk take the leading roles. The young international star cast also includes Tuuli Takala, Annika Leino, Sonja Herranen and the Canadian Frédéric Antoun. Mika Kares and Matti Turunen play the role of the furious Commendatore who defends his daughter’s honour to the last breath. But whose last breath?