Premiere of the opera “Don Giovanni” on May 19!

On May 19, the new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” will premiere at the Latvian National Opera. It is created by the music director and conductor Andris Veismanis, Argentinian stage director Marcelo Lombardero, set designer Diego Siliano, costume designer Lusiana Gutman, lighting designer Horacio Efron, choreographer Linda Mīļā and video artist Uģis Ezerietis.

The title role in the new production will be performed by Neven Crnić and Rinalds Kandalincevs. Further roles will be interpreted by Jūlija Vasiļjeva, Tatjana Trenogina, Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča, Laura Grecka, Katrīna Paula Felsberga, Evija Martinsone, Mihails Čuļpajevs, Artjoms Safronovs, Rihards Mačanovskis, Juris Ādamsons, Rihards Millers, Krišjānis Norvelis and Pavlo Balakin.

The world premiere of the W. A. Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” with the libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte took place at the Gräflich Nostitzsches Nationaltheater in Prag on October 29, 1787. The opera appeared on the stage of the Latvian National Opera for the first time in 1921; this will be the fifth production of “Don Giovanni” in the history of the LNO.

“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” is an enduring classic. So dramatic and comic at the same time. I have had the good fortune to work on “Don Giovanni” on several occasions, including Andrejs Žagars’s 2009 production. The opera is very focused, with a solid dramaturgy, many beautiful and popular melodies that are known all over the world. This time we are particularly pleased that, after the success of Mozart’s 2014 production of “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Marcello Lombardero and his Argentinian team have returned to the Latvian National Opera in 2022. According to the libretto, “Don Giovanni” is set in Spain, and the Spanish accent will also be present in this production, with events taking place in Buenos Aires. The change of location is not distracting, it adds a special flavor and atmosphere,” tells Andris Veismanis, the music director and conductor of the production.

Don Giovanni is a modern man, he is a predator, an individual without boundaries, who has chosen his own rules instead of complying with the social order. His life is guided by wine, lust, and women, but he has replaced romance with trophy hunting – the number of women Don Giovanni has conquered is in the thousands. The means to achieve his ends can become extreme – lies, deceit, and even murder – but in the end it proves to be the road to hell.

“Our idea for staging Don Giovanni has many components. We think of Don Giovanni as a comedy, its title, Dramma Giocoso makes it clear: it means Comedy. Therefore, we can re-signify some of its theatrical traits, incorporating an ironic and a dark sense of humor. Our Don Giovanni is not a seducer in the romantic sense, he does not seduce but rather takes by force. He consumes everything that surrounds him, he is a predator, a modern man, a blunt archetype of the modern man. The other characters represent society and its social classes. Modern consumerism is based upon the forces of images, corporate news and social media, so we have used this concept as our anchor,” explains stage director Marcelo Lombardero.

Next performances of “Don Giovanni” will take place on May 21, 24 and 29, as well as on June 15 and 21 in the framework of Riga Opera Festival.

Performance tickets are available at the box office of LNOB and online.