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Total duration 3 h 15 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
6.3.2020 – 2.4.2020
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
15-119 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

Who could resist the temptations of this seductive opera?

The insatiable Don Giovanni is not picky: anyone will do, from Elvira to her maid and the bride at a country wedding. When he kills the father of one of his victims, however, he sets off a chain of events that takes him forever closer to his brutal fate.

W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni is one of the world’s most masterful operas. The timelessly resonant music and the salacious themes come together in a new interpretation directed by Jussi Nikkilä, a well-known figure from the Finnish theatre scene. The end result brims with carnivalistic joy, lust and comedy.

Recommended for children over the age of 12. 

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An immortal classic of the opera world

When the most skillful librettist and the most ingenious composer of their time joined forces, they created an opera that combined tragedy and comedy in an exceptional way. Don Giovanni is still considered one of the essential works in the history of opera. Even the abundance of Mozart’s catchy melodies alone would be enough to make it a classic. Add Da Ponte’s captivating drama to the familiar tunes, and you have an immortal opera that never fails to attract fresh interpretations.

Rococo meets modernity

Director Jussi Nikkilä, who’s also a well-known actor, has received particular acclaim for his interpretations of Shakespeare. Now he brings his impressive insight into theatre to the Finnish National Opera, where his revision of Don Giovanni is a fascinating fusion of modern and rococo styles.

Nikkilä’s version focuses on the interpersonal relations and their dynamics. “When you’re truly in love, you take a deliberate risk of getting hurt,” Jussi Nikkilä says. “Don Giovanni isn’t capable of that. Perhaps that’s his tragedy.”

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“We want to create a production that, just like Mozart’s music, makes the audience laugh and releases them from the constricting ties of everyday life.”

– Jussi Nikkilä, Director

Synopsis

Don Giovanni tries to seduce Donna Anna by pretending to be her fiancé. Anna’s father, the Commendatore, arrives, and a fight ensues. Don Giovanni kills the Commendatore but manages to escape. Donna Anna makes her fiancé swear to revenge her father’s death.

Next, Don Giovanni meets Donna Elvira, to whom he has once professed his love. Don Giovanni’s servant, Leporello, however, tells Elvira about Don Giovanni’s multiple conquests. At a country wedding, Don Giovanni seduced the bride, Zerlina, but Donna Anna recognizes the murderer upon her arrival. Don Giovanni and Leporello escape.

Leporello rebels. He doesn’t want to serve his master anymore, but Don Giovanni bribes him with money. Soon Don Giovanni finds himself attracted to Elvira’s maid and swaps clothes with Leporello in order to seduce her. Zerlina’s fiancé, Masetto, arrives to wreak his revenge. Leporello, mistaken as Don Giovanni, must reveal his true identity to escape death.

Don Giovanni is at a cemetery. He invites the statue of the Commendatore he’s murdered to dinner. The statue accepts the invitation. As the dinner begins, Donna Elvira comes to ask him to change his life. At the same time, the stone guest makes his appearance: the statue of the Commendatore has arrived as invited. The statue calls for Don Giovanni to make amends for his past. When he claims to have no regrets, flames engulf him.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

Creative team

Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Director
Jussi Nikkilä
Sets and projections
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Costumes
Erika Turunen
Lighting design
Kalle Ropponen
Sound design
Asko Kuusisto
Choreography
Ima Iduozee

Cast

Donna anna
Liine Carlsson

Performances and tickets

3 h 15 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
6.3.2020 – 2.4.2020
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
15-119 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 6.3.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
not yet available
Wed 11.3.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Fri 13.3.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
not yet available
Tue 17.3.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
not yet available
Thu 19.3.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
not yet available
Sat 21.3.2020
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
not yet available
Wed 25.3.2020
at 19:30
Päänäyttämö
not yet available
Fri 27.3.2020
at 19:30
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Tue 31.3.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 2.4.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale

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