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Don Giovanni

Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). Libretto Lorenzo da Ponte. A co-production with the Greek National Opera, Athens, and the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen.

Mozart’s opera about the man we love to hate.

  • Length

    Approx 3 h 15 min (incl. 1 interval of 35 min)

  • Where

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Italian, with Swedish and English titles.

  • Price

    150–690 kr

  • Accessibility

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Mozart’s classic opera about the incorrigible rake Don Giovanni is a demonic, impassioned and incendiary experience, here set in a luxury hotel.

At once repugnant and seductive, Don Giovanni is a man with an unquenchable thirst for women. In his amoral worldview there is no right or wrong, simply the right to take whatever and whoever takes his fancy. During the final twenty four 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 burns in the end, but not with love.

Mozart’s opera runs the emotional gamut from exuberant happiness to the blackest hate. Its diabolical atmosphere, comic turns, keenly observed female characters and complex protagonist places it firmly among the true classics of opera.

Director John Fulljames, former artistic director of the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, sets his production in a modern luxury hotel – a society in miniature and a place for fleeting meetings during which the wealthy and rootless seek self-realisation. The music – as fickle as the arch-seducer himself, as dynamic as love and as dramatic as passion – is conducted alternately by the Finn Ville Matvejeff and the Göteborg Opera’s house conductor, Aivis Greters.

Don Giovanni (2–28 Dec, 31 Jan)Palle Knudsen
Don Giovanni (7–28 Jan, 7–11 Feb)Hannes Öberg
Il CommendatoreMats Almgren
Donna Anna (2–28 Dec, 31 Jan)Ida Falk Winland
Donna Anna (7–28 Jan, 7–11 Feb)Susanna Stern
Don Ottavio (2–28 Dec, 31 Jan)Vassilis Kavayas
Don Ottavio (7–28 Jan, 7–11 Feb)Viktor Johansson
Donna Elvira (2–28 Dec, 31 Jan)Katarina Karnéus
Donna Elvira (7–28 Jan, 7–11 Feb)Ann-Kristin Jones
Zerlina (2–28 Dec, 31 Jan)Mia Karlsson
Zerlina (7–28 Jan, 7–11 Feb)Sofie Asplund

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Panel discussion about Don Giovanni

Wednesday 2 November 2023
Small Stage

A week or so before opera premieres and the main season musical, we hold a panel discussion on the Small Stage which is free to attend. At these events, team members like the director, conductor, soloists and sometimes guest experts discuss the piece, its process and its themes. The panel moderator is Göteborg Opera’s dramaturgist, Göran Gademan. Many of the discussions are held in English, or a mix of Swedish and English.

Free admission with ticket. Information about tickets for the panel discussion will be published here as the premiere approaches.

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Panel discussion