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The Estates Theatre
If we were to name the places at which Mozart himself premiered an opera of his and which still function as theatres, the one and only candidate in the world would be the Estates Theatre in Prague. Its construction was initiated by the enlightened aristocrat František Antonín Count Nostitz Rieneck, led by the desire to aggrandise his native city as well as the souls of its inhabitants. The construction lasted less than two years and the theatre was opened in 1783. The theatre is one of Europe’s oldest theatres and has been in continuous operation since the year it opened. The building itself was constructed in a Neoclassical style and, with the exception of the theatre in Leoben, Styria, is the only theatre of its kind in Europe to have been preserved in an almost original state to the present day. The Estates Theatre offers drama, ballet and opera performances, including one of the greatest jewels: the Don Giovanni opera.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
25 August 2022, 7 p.m., the Estates Theatre
Approximate running time: 3 hours, one 20-minute intermission
Language: in Italian with Czech and English subtitles
If we were to name the works that connect Prague with global music and theatre, the top position among them would undoubtedly be occupied by W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni. And if we were to name the places at which Mozart himself premiered an opera of his and which still function as theatres, the one and only candidate in the world would be the Estates Theatre in Prague. The National Theatre Opera has proudly cherished this unique tradition for decades. Perhaps surprisingly, Don Giovanni, the renowned “opera of operas” created for Prague, has to date never been staged at the National Theatre by a non-Czech director.
Accordingly, the new production of the traditional Mozart opera at the unique Estates Theatre is actually at variance with the long tradition – this time, an adaptation of Don Giovanni was created by the Swedish-Norwegian stage director Alexander Mørk-Eidem in tandem with the German conductor and Mozart specialist Karsten Januschke. They were given wide interpretation space for the portrayal of the world-famous profligate, who so easily magnetises women and wins their hearts. Is Giovanni an incorrigible slave to his instincts, or is he a provocateur, rebel, revolutionary even, human and symbol, or is he a mere catalyst around whom Mozart thoroughly depicts the constantly changing universe of female emotions? To what degree will the new Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre break with tradition in this regard?
Co-production with the Nationaltheater Mannheim.
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