The classic opera follows the adventures of the infamous Don Juan
The Opéra de Lyon will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s drama “Don Giovanni” from June 25 to July 11.
“Don Giovanni” is one of the pieces in the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy, a collaboration between Mozart and Italian writer Lorenzo Da Ponte. It follows the adventures of one of the world’s most classic literary seducers, Don Juan.
The most dramatic work in the trilogy, the piece is labeled a “dramma giocoso,” literally a drama with jokes, for its terrifying transgressions punctuated by bouts of humor.
Don Juan is the ultimate culprit, breaking the rules of order, religion, and even morality. A powerful lord, he takes advantage of his position to get what he wants, and attracts with his fearlessness in the face of a godless world. Infuriating yet enticing, he represents the side of humanity no one likes to admit exists.
The opera lasts three and a half hours and is split into two acts. It is performed in Italian and subtitled in French.