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Don Giovanni

Venue: Komische Oper Berlin

 
Behrenstra├če 55-57
10117 Berlin
Germany
 
 
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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Juan, the epitome of the seducer, inspired Mozart to one of his most influential operas. Frivolous, witty and profound all at once. The perfect opportunity for Herbert Fritsch, the master of theatrical folly, whose highly musical style of staging is tailor-made for this "light-hearted spectacle" about fatal passions.

Don Juan is not just a name, it’s a commitment! A commitment to passion, sensuality and desire. Nothing can stand in his way - not a dismayed father who would rather lose his own life than the honour of his daughter; not the warning of a lady who has already been taught a lesson and still can't hold herself back; not the gentle innocence of a bride on her wedding day, nor the wild jealousy of the cuckolded bridegroom. In the end they are all after him. 

Don Juan can't get enough of love and life… although these days things aren't quite what they used to be. In fact, on his restless tour d’amour he can't even manage to sing properly. But he is still prepared to stop at nothing for the sake of his wild passion. Even if it means his own death in the end.

No other work of Mozart's demonstrates in such consistent fashion his frontal attack on every convention – not only in terms of content, but also as regards form. New characters tumble onstage with such abandon that nothing links them apart from the constantly fleeing main protagonist. The first act sees a finale with murder in the air. And the ensemble at the happy ending arrives so unexpectedly that the eyes and ears strain with disbelief. A deadly serious game cloaked in the playful, lascivious peak of Mozart's music. Herbert Fritsch‘s directorial debut at the Komische Oper marks the beginning of a new chapter in its Mozart cycle.

 
Program details
 

Musical direction: N. N.
Staging and Stage design: Herbert Fritsch
Costumes: Victoria Behr
Dramaturgy: Johanna Wall, Sabrina Zwach
Chorus: David Cavelius
Lighting: Franck Evin


Cast


Don Giovanni: Günter Papendell
Donna Anna: Birgitte Christensen
Don Ottavio: Stefan Cifolelli
Commander: Bogdan Talos
Donna Elvira: Nina Bernsteiner
Leporello / Masetto: Philipp Meierhöfer
Zerlina: Julia Giebel

 
Venue
 
Komische Oper Berlin
 

Since the construction of the venue in Behrenstraße (which opened as the “Theater Unter den Linden” in 1892), the Komische Oper Berlin has at various times been a consistent international trend-setter in the world of musical theatre. As the leading theatre for operettas and revues in the 1920s, it fundamentally shaped the Berlin, and hence international, entertainment scene. Following the Second World War, Walter Felsenstein’s concept of musical theatre revolutionised European opera, and to this day it remains an important point of reference for the great majority of musical theatre directors seeking to be contemporary in their work. This inspirational international influence as a trend-setter in innovative musical theatre is reflected in the many artistic careers which began at the Komische Oper Berlin – including those of the directors Götz Friedrich and Harry Kupfer as well as the conductors Otto Klemperer, Kurt Masur, Yakov Kreizberg, and Kirill Petrenko.

In 2012, Barrie Kosky took over from Andreas Homoki as the Artistic Director of the Komische Oper Berlin. He was joined by Henrik Nánási, the new General Music Director. The Komische Oper Berlin is versatile and flexible to a degree which is unusual for an opera house. This and the fixed ensemble of singer-performers are key characteristics of the Komische Oper Berlin under Kosky’s directorship. Kosky’s conceptual approach draws not only on the tradition set by Felsenstein, but also on the venue’s pre-war traditions, which were strongly shaped by Jewish actors and have hitherto received less attention. Felsenstein’s vision of opera as a form of musical theatre in which music and action are equally important components of a production is combined by Kosky with the demand that musical theatre should provide an experience which appeals to all the senses and which encompasses musical drama in all its forms, from the classic Mozart repertoire through to genre-defying projects.

 

The Komische Oper Berlin is located in the heart of the city, between the Brandenburg Gate, the Museumsinsel, and Checkpoint Charlie. The theatre building in Behrenstraße was built at the end of the 19th century according to plans drawn up by Austrian architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. The building was destroyed during the last days of the war, although fortunately the stage and auditorium survived almost unscathed. The Komische Oper was ceremonially inaugurated on 23rd December 1947 with Walter Felsenstein's production of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus. In 1965/1966 there was a fundamental expansion of the entire complex, designed by the architect Kunz Nierade. The neo-baroque, richly decorated auditorium - which today provides space for 1,190 visitors complete with new, comfortable seating and an integrated, multilingual translation system - was largely left in the original condition dating back to its creation in 1892, while the main facade in Behrenstraße was designed in the functional style of the 1960s. In 2005 the foyer was given a contemporary re-design by architect Stephan Braunfels, and now offers over 1,000 square metres of elegantly mirrored floor space for the provision of refreshments during intervals, for special events, and for chamber concerts, among other things.

 

The entrance to the Komische Oper Berlin is located in the Behrenstr., around 400 m from the Brandenburg Gate. 

 

Public transport

Local Trains and Trams 
Friedrichstrasse: RE 1, RE 2, RE 7 and RB 14; S 1, S 2, S 25, S 5, S 7
Brandenburger Tor: S 1, S 2, S 25

Underground Trains 
Französische Strasse, Stadtmitte: U 6
Stadtmitte, Mohrenstrasse: U 2
Brandenburger Tor: U 55

Bus
Unter den Linden, Friedrichstrasse: TXL, 100, 147, 200, N 2, N 6

Trams 
Friedrichstrasse: M 1, 12

Parking
Friedrichstadt Passage Car Park
Entrance from Jägerstrasse or Taubenstrasse, €4.50 per day (24 hours)

 
 
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