Highlighting its 16th anniversary year, Opera Hong Kong (OHK) presents one of the most performed operas around the world — Don Giovanni to Hong Kong audience with shows on May 17, 18 and 19, 2019, in the Grand Theatre of Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
In the 17th century, the story of the legendary, fictional libertine, Don Juan (also Don Giovanni), had swept through Spain. His story was extremely intriguing that it was made into numerous versions such as the play Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre by Molière, one of the greatest French playwright, the epic poem version by Lord Byron, the most influential and significant British poet, and arguably the most well-known version — Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, which we will be able to appreciate in May.
With music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Don Giovanni was first performed in 1787. Back then, Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni himself in the National Theatre in Prague, which was rapturously received by the audience and was reputed to be an extremely hard-to-perform opera that people have never heard the like. The two-act opera portrays Don Giovanni’s life of seducing and sweet talking his way into the beds of countless women, Leporello, Giovanni’s servant making record of his master’s encounters, and how Giovanni ends up in a dead end with hatred, revenges and death after killing the Commendatore when he fails to seduce the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna.
Richard Ollarsaba and Marcelo Guzzo will be starred as the leading role of the infamous Spanish womanizer, Don Giovanni. Taking the role of Giovanni’s servant, Leporello, will be the multi-award-winning bass-baritone – Joseph Barron. World-class conductor, Mārtiņš Ozoliņš will be conducting the amusing performance. During the performance, audience will be brought back to the classy, noble life of the Spanish high society in the 17th century through the exquisite set design by the sophisticated France set designer Eric Chevalier, striking lighting design by award-winning French light designer Patrick Méeüs and costumes by Opéra Monte-Carlo which are specifically customized for the production. Bringing along the world-class conductor, the star-studded cast, together with Hong Kong Simonetta and Opera Hong Kong Chorus, Opera Hong Kong is serving a spectacular feast for both eyes and ears for the audience.
When: 7:30pm, Friday–Sunday, May 17–19, 2019
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong
How much: HKD $150–$1,280
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