Seduction, murder and the descent into hell: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s »Don Giovanni« is an ageless tale of an unscrupulous lothario and of those individuals who are all-too-willing victims of his beguiling charms. In an almost clinical fashion, Mozart portrays various types of people who desire and wish to be desired, who hate Don Giovanni and yet cannot free themselves from his clutches. Following its premiere in 1787, this dramma giocoso quickly became one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. In 2016 Omer Meir Wellber conducted a new version of Mozart’s »opera of all operas« at the Semperoper. In this highly acclaimed performance, he perfectly hit the comic tone of the work as well as its demonic conclusion.
Now Wellber returns to »Don Giovanni«, conducting a radically shortened version: the musical numbers are presented one after another in a dazzling array, telling the story of the rake Don Giovanni even more breathlessly than in Mozart’s original. Director Heike Jenor has based this condensed semi-staged version on the production by Andreas Kriegenburg.