April 15, 2018
The day before its premiere in Prague, Mozart entered in the catalog of his compositions, “The Rake Punished, or, Don Giovanni, opera buffa in two acts.” The opera focuses on Don Giovanni, the seducer of 2000 womens, who murders the father of one of his lovers in a street fight. In time, he finds himself in a churchyard in front of the statue of his victim, which he jokingly invites to dinner. To his surprise, the statue accepts the invitation. When the unwelcome apparition arrives, it announces that Don Giovanni is a doomed man; the earth opens and hell’s flames swallow the miserable reprobate.
Perhaps the most dramatic of Mozart’s scoring of da Ponte’s libretti, the score is filled with beloved beautiful arias and ensembles that enchant and beguile us.
Staging by Oriol Tomas.
In collaboration with Les Jeunesses Musicales Canada
ODÉI BILODEAU, soprano – Donna Elvira
SCOTT BROOKS, bass-baritone – Massetto / Le Commandeur
SUSAN ELIZABETH, soprano – Donna Anna
SEBASTIAN HABOCZKI, tenor – Don Ottavio
CÉCILE MUHIRE, soprano – Zerlina
GEOFFROY SALVAS, baritone – Don Giovanni
DOMINIC VEILLEUX, baritone – Leporello
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni KV527