The timeless opera about history’s most famous seducer and slimeball has come to Vancouver.
Don Giovanni, the 1787 opera with music by none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is showing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre through March 9. Based on the opening night performance on Saturday, the production should be a crowd-pleaser, for opera aficionados and newbies alike.
Don Giovanni is classified as opera buffa, which must have been 18th-century speak for pulp fiction. It consists of more than three hours of non-stop swordfights, seductions and ribald – even downright raunchy – scenes.
I’m not sure if it was the saucy subject matter or an aggressive marketing campaign by the Vancouver Opera itself, but the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was packed for the premiere: fuller – and much younger – than I’ve ever seen it for an opera performance.
The protagonist and anti-hero of the production is, of course, Don Giovanni. Giovanni is the Italian incarnation of the infamous Spanish lover Don Juan, and he’s a world-class smooth talker and scoundrel. Continue reading:
History’s Greatest Sleazeball Comes to Town: Don Giovanni at the Vancouver Opera