The artistic director at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, John Fulljames, has set the story in an elegant hotel where the rich and jaded live the high life while the staff sweep away the evidence of their excesses. There’s always someone to make the bed after a rampant night’s entertainment. And Don Giovanni gets through plenty of beds.
He is a man of strong appetites, especially when it comes to women. In his world there is no right nor wrong, except his right to take whatever and whoever he fancies. During the final hours of his life, three women join forces to get their revenge: Donna Anna, who was left traumatised after an unknown man forced entry into her bedroom and then murdered her father; the young Zerlina, whom the rampant Don attempts to seduce even as she celebrates her wedding; and Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni’s former mistress who burns with a desire to save him from self-destruction. He also ends up burning in the end, but not with love.
The music – which is as volatile as the seducer himself, dynamic as love and dramatic as passion – is performed under the baton of Finnish conductor Ville Matvejeff. Mattias Ermedahl takes the title role, while the three women are sung by Kerstin Avemo, Ann-Kristin Jones och Mia Karlsson.
Co-production with Greek National Opera and the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen.