Dutch National Opera presents

Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

This show was to been seen in May 2016


Duration 3:10

Breaks 1

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Language Italian

Surtitles Nederlands en Engels


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dramma giocoso in due atti, KV 527
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
World premiere 29 October 1787, Gräflich Nostitzsches Theater, Prague


New production for Dutch National Opera
Première 7 May 2016
Original production Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin in collaboration with Salzburger Festspiele

Mozart’s Don Giovanni is many people’s favourite opera, not just because of the incredibly beautiful music, but also because of attractive elements like sex, violence, humour and tension.

In short

Don Giovanni, the licentious protagonist, is continually misbehaving and sees women as playthings. But he never shows any remorse, even though it costs him his life. In this version of Don Giovanni, the story takes place in a forest at night-time. During his fight with the Commendatore, the Don is mortally wounded and relives the whole drama, while dying a slow death. Or are they hallucinations? And is it suddenly the three women who see him as an object of lust?

Watch the trailer of Don Giovanni here.
Take a look at the preparations for Mozart's masterpiece: Don Giovanni.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical Director 
Marc Albrecht
Stage Director 
Claus Guth
Sets & Costume Designer 
Christian Schmidt
Lighting Designer 
Olaf Winter
Ramses Sigl
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus
Chorus Master 
Ching-Lien Wu
Don Giovanni 
Christopher Maltman
Il Commendatore 
Mika Kares
Donna Anna 
Sally Matthews
Don Ottavio 
Juan Francisco Gatell
Donna Elvira 
Véronique Gens (May 7, 10, 15, 18 and 29) /
Anett Fritsch (May 21, 24 and 26)
Adrian Sâmpetrean
Iurii Samoilov
Sabina Puértolas


The psychological elements in Don Giovanni have been developed with great sensitivity. There are amusing dressing up scenes, but also moments of emotion and horror. Principal conductor Marc Albrecht: ‘Mozart’s music is guided by the heartbeats of the characters. They are extremely refined psychograms of lonely spirits, which touch us just as deeply today as in Mozart’s day’.

Claus Guth
Director Claus Guth created his fascinating production of Don Giovanni in 2008 for the Salzburger Festspiele, and the production was also performed in the Berliner Staatsoper. Guth has previously guested with Dutch National Opera with Un ballo in maschera.

Main role
The British baritone Christopher Maltman made a great impression with Dutch National Opera as Rodrigo in Verdi’s Don Carlo (2012). Maltman was a prize-winner at the Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff. Besides his opera activities, Maltman also gives recitals and concerts.


Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera’s regular orchestra partner, is regarded internationally as one of the best opera orchestras. The orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw, as well as performing in various Dutch concert halls and at venues and festivals abroad.

Signing session

On Sunday 29 May, after the last performance of Don Giovanni, the soloists Sally Matthews (Donna Anna), Christopher Maltman (Don Giovanni) and Veronique Gens (Donna Elvira) will be at the shop to sign your purchases.

This signing session is only for people with tickets for the matinee performance!

Original production: Staatsoper unten den Linden Berlin in association with Salzburger Festspiele

    Fri 18 Sep Mostly Opera - Don Giovanni

    Claus Guth has indeed created a masterpiece. Without doubt the best staging of Don Giovanni I have yet seen.