On 22 & 23 July 2023 Arcadian Opera will perform Mozart’s most popular and, some say the best ever opera written, Don Giovanni.
In a break from their usual format, they will be emulating the popular garden opera format with an earlier start time, leaving plenty of time in the interval to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Stowe for a picnic.
Originally entitled The Rake Punished, or Don Giovanni, it is an opera in two acts with the original libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte based upon a centuries-old Spanish legend about a notorious libertine as told by playwright Tirso de Molina in his play of 1630. It is a dramma giocoso blending melodrama, comedy, and supernatural elements.
Mozart’s outrageous comedy tells the tale of an incorrigible young playboy who blazes a path to his own destruction. The opera relates the tale of an irresistible, yet amoral, youth who is loved by women almost as universally as he loves them. It doesn’t take long before it is evident that even Don Giovanni cannot escape the consequences of his excessively libidinous behaviour.
Performed in English, the roles will be sung by professional singers supported by the experienced Arcadian Opera Chorus and Orchestra.
The cast for this production will be announced very shortly!