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Mozart: Don Giovanni

Sat. 23rd and Wed. 27th of January 2021
3h20 with intermission

Cast

Alexandre Duhamel Don Giovanni
Robert Gleadow Leporello
Iulia Maria Dan Donna Anna
Lauren Fagan Donna Elvira
James Ley Don Ottavio
Angela Brower et Megan Marino Zerlina (en alternance)
Leonard Bernad Masetto, Le Commandeur

Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski
 Conductor
Ivan Alexandre Director
Antoine Fontaine Stage sets and costumes
Tobias Hagström Stahl Lights

Presentation

This is perhaps, along with Wagner's Tetralogy, the most famous cycle of opera: between 1786 and 1790, Mozart and Da Ponte signed their famous Trilogy comprising three major operas, The Marriage of Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787), and Così fan tutte (1790). Indeed, in Mozart's vast oeuvre, these three works are perhaps the most accomplished, thanks to the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Da Ponte, who had become indispensable in Vienna, not only brought Mozart a guarantee of success, he provided him with librettos tailor-made for the composer's genius. This music is a celebration, and the three masterpieces leave the listener breathless, taking him through a series of situations, arias, duets and sumptuous ensembles.

They have powerful common points: here are three Italian operas, in the buffa style, three "drama giocoso", intended for the troupe of the Vienna Opera; each one presents its action over a single day, a guarantee of urgency and brilliance; the French influence is evident everywhere: Figaro inspired by Beaumarchais, Don Giovanni taken from the rebellious and flamboyant character illustrated by Molière, and Così in a style close to Marivaux and the French Opéra Comique, which was very popular in Vienna. Finally, it is the spirit of freedom that unites these three works and still speaks to us today, whereas at the time of their creation, it was particularly daring. The trilogy’s heroes are certainly libertines: in politics for Figaro who, like Beaumarchais, breaks social barriers and leads the game, in religion for Don Giovanni who defies God as "the great lord and evil man” he is, finally in love all the time and above all in Così, whose protagonists play a game as pleasant as it is reckless...

Così fan tutte, or the School for Lovers, is the last opera buffa by Mozart and Da Ponte together. Emperor Joseph II, who had enjoyed their Marriage of Figaro, commissioned a new work, inspired by an incident that had amused all Vienna: in Trieste, two officers had exchanged wives! Libretto and score were written in one month in December 1789, and the premiere took place at the end of January 1790, but the death of the Emperor interrupted it after five performances. This comedy in the Neapolitan style (with action also taking place in Naples) but very inspired by French comic opera, and in particular the Femmes vengées (Avenged wives) composed by Philidor in 1775 on a libretto by Sedaine (and performed in Vienna), where two women wanting to teach their husbands a lesson dress up to exchange their roles... to seduce and better confuse them! Twenty years later, Mozart and Da Ponte found exceptional inspiration for this comedy of manners in the spirit of Marivaux, where love, beauty and cruelty are subtly intertwined, until everything accelerates for moments of anthology!

The three operas of this famous Trilogy are presented here together over three days, in the order of their composition. The characters (and their interpreters) travel from one work to the next, as so many bonds of love and power run through these three emblematic operas, to the point of imagining that they could be three acts of an exceptional whole. This in any case is the vision selected by Ivan Alexander and Marc Minkowski, in the flexible set of trestles and sails designed by Antoine Fontaine for the stage of the Drottningholm Historical Theatre and the Royal Opera of Versailles. The great challenge of this "complete" project is for the singers to have nearly 9 hours of music in their heads and in their voices, without being able to rehearse or rest between each evening... The ace team brought together for this project with the Musiciens du Louvre, will take it up! And the challenge for the spectator is obviously here, to see the three operas in three successive days, to be more than ever dazzled by an absolute concentrate of Mozart’s genius!

Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Drottningholms Slottsteater, Les Musiciens du Louvre

Show in Italian with surtitles in French


PROGRAMME

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Don Giovanni

Drama giocoso in two acts on a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte from Giovanni Bertati, created in prague in 1787.

Photo gallery

Mozart: Don Giovanni © Mats Bäker

Mozart: Don Giovanni © Mats Bäker

Mozart: Don Giovanni © Mats Bäker

Mozart: Don Giovanni © Mats Bäker

Mozart: Don Giovanni © Mats Bäker

Mozart: Don Giovanni © Mats Bäker

Mozart: Don Giovanni © Mats Bäker

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Video: official trailer of Nozze di Figaro by Mozart (2016)

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Catégorie 3

58€ to 70€
Web Carte CVS
58€
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58€
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70€

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90€ to 105€
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90€
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90€
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105€

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115€ to 130€
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115€
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115€
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130€

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150€
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165€

Prestige VIP

195€
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195€

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265€
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265€

DOGE CATEGORY: Best seats of the theater, a free programme, an invitation to the cocktail reception (opening 45 min before the show) and unlimited champagne.

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

Boxes 13 and 14 (Corbeille, Balcon Royal and Colonnade): depending on the show and the setting, seats may have limited visibility on ranks 2, 3 and 4.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders, the Cercle of Rameau members and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our box office-shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles ; Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturdays with concerts or shows except during the Musical Fountains Shows, from 2pm to 5pm).

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