The Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote Don Giovanni in 1787, commissioned by the Prague Italian opera at the National Theater, just a year after its audience enthusiastically welcomed Le nozze di Figaro. Faced with such success, then-22-year-old composer was soon asked to quickly create a new piece. Lorenzo da Ponte, the librettist with whom Mozart had cooperated many times before, suggested writing about the libertine Don Juan. And so, Da Ponte took Burlador de Sevilla (The Seducer of Sevilla), a drama by Tirso de Molina, as the basis for this excellent libretto, also drawing inspiration from Molière’s famous play. The subject turned out to be incredibly inspiring for the young Mozart. Very shortly, he managed to create a piece that dazzled with its originality of musical arrangements, the perfection of form and maturity of sound.
Although Mozart listed the piece as simply opera buffa in his private catalogue, this work is often classified as a narrower genre – dramma giocoso (a jocular drama), since the Viennese genius crossed over the boundaries of established form and masterfully tailored the music to the dramatic events. By interweaving tragic and humorous elements, he was able to create a musical reality that perfectly rendered the complexity of the story and the psychological complexity of individual characters.
Don Giovanni holds an important position in the repertoire of the world’s most renowned opera theatres. Ever since its premiere in Prague in 1787 up to the end of the 18th century, as well as throughout the whole 19th century, there was no single year in which Don Giovanni wouldn’t be staged. What is more, its unparalleled popularity hasn’t faded away during the 20th and the 21st century. The archives of numerous productions over the centuries recall names of the most famous conductors and singers, including Ezio Pinza, Thomas Allen, Fiorenza Cossotto, Kiri Te Kanawa, Claudio Desderi, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm and many others.
STAGING, SET DESIGN, DIRECTION RYSZARD PERYT
COSTUMES MARLENA SKONECZKO
LIGHTING PIOTR RUDZKI
VIDEO PROJECTIONS MAREK ZAMOJSKI
CHORUS MASTER LILIANNA KRYCH
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR KAROL SZWECH
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SŁAWOMIR JURCZAK
STAGE MANAGER DOROTA LACHOWICZ
IL COMENDATORE TOMASZ RAFF
DON GIOVANNI MICHAŁ JANICKI
LEPORELLO PAWEŁ MICHALCZUK
DONNA ANNA GABRIELA KAMIŃSKA
DONNA ELVIRA ANNA WIERZBICKA
DON OTTAVIO JACEK SZPONARSKI
ZERLINA AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA
MASETTO KRZYSZTOF ŁAZICKI
HARPSICHORD KRZYSZTOF TRZASKOWSKI
CONDUCTOR ZBIGNIEW GRACA
Duration: approx. 3h (with a 20-minute intermission).
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.
Performance in the original language version with Polish subtitles.
PLEASE NOTE: the entrance to the Royal Theatre in Łazienki Park is located in Agrykola street.
One hour before the performance as well as for an hour after it is finished, the audience can use the electric cart running between the Royal Theater and the Łazienki Gate at the corner of Myśliwiecka / Agrykola streets.
We kindly encourage you to read the rules of participation in cultural events organized by the Polish Royal Opera:
- If you are not feeling well, are ill, or had contact with an infected person – stay at home.
- Please, take a face mask with you. On entering the Theatre building, you are obliged to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose.
- At the entrance to the building, please have your temperature taken.
- Disinfect your hands after entering the Theatre building.
- Please remember to sign the Participant Declaration. If possible, please bring the printed and signed declaration with you, if not – fill it in in the Theatre, in the area shown by the staff.
- Take the seat assigned to you by the staff.
- Please come earlier – latecomers will not be allowed into the auditorium.
We care about the safety of our Guests!
- Disinfectants are available at the entrance to the building.
- At the entrance to the building, staff may take your temperature.
- The common spaces and sanitary rooms are disinfected regularly.
- Only 75% of the seats in the auditorium will be available.
- We keep a safe distance.
Should you have any questions, we are at your disposal on site of the event or at the phone number +48 500 309 424.