Don Giovanni is the first of the 2016/17 Live in HD movies in The Metropolitan Opera movie season.
It is the 11th such season, and there are ten operas in this season. The movies are screened at Cinema Nouveau theatres round the country.
The 2016-17 season’s screening dates are as follows: Mozart’s Don Giovanni from Saturday, 19 November, followed by Wagner’s epic tragedy, Tristan und Isolde on 03 December. The season continues in 2017 with Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (07 January 2017), Verdi’s famous Nabucco (04 February), Charles Gounod’s lush adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roméo et Juliette (11 February), Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak (25 March), Verdi’s popular La Traviata (08 April), Idomeneo by Mozart (24 April), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (20 May), and finally, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (10 June).
Don Giovanni is one of the later operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart composed 23 operas, but only his later ones are regularly performed.
Simon Keenlyside (baritone) makes his Met role debut in the title role as the unrepentant seducer in Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece, Don Giovanni. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the cast that also includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna (soprano), Malin Byström as Donna Elvira (soprano), Serena Malfi as Zerlina (soprano), Adam Plachetka as Leporello (bass), Matthew Rose as Masetto (bass), Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore (bass), and Rolando Villazón in his Live in HD debut as Don Ottavio (tenor).
Mozart, aided by his ingenious librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is neither tragic nor entirely comic, but rather lighthearted, urbane and iconic. Over the course of a night, a day and another night, we follow the title character, Don Giovanni, and his earthy sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duet, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell by a vengeful, ghostly reincarnation of the Commendatore. Buoyed by Mozart’s nuanced and insightful score, the opera still rings with psychological truth after more than two centuries. This production places the action in an unnamed Spanish city in the mid-18th century.
This is the most performed opera by Mozart in the Met’s repertory with 548 performances to date, having premiered in the Met’s initial 1883-84 season. Legendary conductors who have led the opera at the Met include James Levine, Gustav Mahler, Alan Gilbert, Fritz Reiner, Tullio Serafiin, George Szell and Bruno Walter.
Don Giovanni releases in Cinema Nouveau theatres at Rosebank Mall (JHB), Brooklyn Mall (PTA), Gateway (DBN) and V&A Waterfront (CT) on Saturday, 19 November at 17:00. The screening on 20 November at 14:30 will also be shown at Ster-Kinekor Bedford (JHB), Garden Route Mall (George) and Somerset (Somerset West). The other screenings are as follows: 22 and 30 November at 11:30; and 29 November at 18:00.
The opera itself is a charming tragi-comedy with a moral, of course, and it is beautifully staged and performed. Really worth seeing.
The running time is 3 hours and 22 minutes, with one intermission (but there are also adverts and forthcoming attractions. If you see it during the day at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank, remember to redeem your movie tickets for cheaper parking.
For booking information on Don Giovanni as part of The Met: Live in HD season, visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or https://movies.sterkinekor.co.za. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For information, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).