New production of Royal Opera Orchestra
Drama giocoso in two acts to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte after Giovanni Bertati, premiered in Prague in 1787.
Robert Gleadow Don Giovanni
Arianna Vendittelli Donna Elvira
Florie Valiquette Donna Anna
Riccardo Novaro Leporello
Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin Masetto
Enguerrand de Hys Don Ottavio
Éléonore Pancrazi Zerlina
Nicolas Certenais The Commander
Ballet de l’Opéra Royal
Chœur de l’Opéra Royal
Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal
Under the patronage of Aline Foriel-Destezet
Gaétan Jarry Conductor
Marshall Pynkoski Director
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg Choreography
Roland Fontaine Stage sets
Christian Lacroix Costumes
Hervé Gary Light
Performance in Italian with French and English surtitles.
The opera of operas?
Don Giovanni was commissioned by the Prague Opera immediately after the success of The Marriage of Figaro: Mozart and Da Ponte wanted to build on their success and chose a subject that had triumphed just a few weeks earlier in Venice, a Don Giovanni composed by Giuseppe Gazzaniga. Revisiting the theme of the Seville Cheat – a prevalent subject in theatre since the mid-17th century, especially through Molière’s powerful incarnation, and in a ballet by Gluck in Vienna in 1761 – Da Ponte focused the work on the libertine character of Don Juan, no doubt drawing inspiration from his friend Casanova (who in fact helped make changes to Act 2, Scene 9, and attended the Prague première). The result is dazzling: the audience is never granted even the slightest respite between murders, scenes of seduction, devious scheming and fantastical apparitions; a great spectacle that bears the musical influence of Gluck at his best, with an urgency and violence unheard of in opera buffa, elevated by extraordinary music. An absolute masterpiece and an utter triumph in Prague! The piece was played everywhere, and the impressive finale in which Don Giovanni refuses to repent and plungers into the underworld remains one of the most powerful moments in the lyric arts.
Marshall Pynkoski transports the characters through dramatic turmoil, embellished by the fantastical costumes by Christian Lacroix; Robert Gleadow finally takes on the role of Don Giovanni, and Gaétan Jarry makes the Orchestra of the Opéra Royal truly shine.
The Royal Opera Productions/ Palace of Versailles Shows
This show is supported by the Françoise Kahn-Hamm Endowment Fund
The Centre for Baroque Music in Versailles is making available its collection of sets designed by Antoine Fontaine.
Wednesday 15th November " 15 minutes with" at 7.30pm (to be confirmed)
On presentation of your ticket for that evening and subject to availability.
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DOGE CATEGORY: Best seats, 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.
REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).
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