THE ’DON GIOVANNI’ OF SPOLETO60 ON RAI 5

Tonight on Rai5 at 9:15 pm, with a replica on June 28 also at 9:15 pm, the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart staged by Giorgio Ferrara, with set design by Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo, the conductor James Conlon and costumes by Maurizio Galante. A new Festival production that inaugurated the last edition.

Mozart´s Don Giovanni concluded the three-year artistic project of the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy, produced thanks to the collaboration of the Spoleto Festival with the Ravenna Festival, the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and the Novara Coccia Theater.
Don Giovanni - ie The Libertine Punished is the second of the three Italian operas that the Austrian composer wrote upon a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, who drew from numerous literary sources of that time. It precedes Cosė fan Tutte and follows The Marriage of Figaro and was composed between March and October 1787, when Mozart was 31 years old. This "two-act playful drama", where Mozart combined dramatic force and comedy, music and words, realism and fantasy in such a sublime manner, was staged for the first time at the Prague National Theater in the autumn of 1787, where it was "rapturously received"(as Mozart himself wrote to his friend von Jacquin). It has since then enjoyed the privilege of a virtually uninterrupted stage life, being considered as the opera par excellence throughout the whole nineteenth century and representing a must in the repertoire of the greatest singers and conductors of the twentieth century.