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by Muriel Feiner
Photos: ©Javier del Real. Courtesy Teatro Real
Despite the devastating effects of the pandemic in Spain and throughout the world, Madrid’s Teatro Real has been struggling to maintain its calendar of events, with the praiseworthy support of some of its financial backers. Its next endeavor is to offer 15 performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni”, between December 18 and January 10.
This particular production corresponds to the one presented by the Berlin Staatsoper for the very first time at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 and it features the same two internationally acclaimed baritones Christopher Maltman as “Don Giovanni” and Uruguayan Erwin Schrott, as Leporello. British Maltman and Uruguayan Schrott will alternate their roles with Adrian Eröd and Mark Mimica, respectively, and sopranos Anett Fritsch and Federica Lombardi, as Doña Elvira, together with a noteworthy supporting cast.
Directed by Ivor Bolton, with the Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Stage Director Claus Guth had to adopt special concessions due to the current health regulations. This particular production is sponsored by the Spanish utilities company, Endesa.
The original libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte is based on Tirso de Molina’s classic play “El burladero de Sevilla”, written in 1616, about the legendary Don Juan. “Don Giovanni” is considered one of the greatest works of the extraordinary Austrian composer (1756-1791.)
The opera will be performed in its original Italian with Spanish and English subtitles. For further information: www.teatroreal.es
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