Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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The Ultimate Seduction.
“Here for a good time, not a long time” might well be the motto of Don Giovanni, opera’s greatest anti-hero. A thoroughly hedonistic womaniser, he will stop at nothing – even murder – in the pursuit of pleasure.
Mozart’s liveliest, most extreme and most romantic music draws the image of a human being who knows that his existence is not infinite, and therefore wants to make the most of his time on earth.
This new production stars English baritone Mark Stone in the title role, with English-born Australian soprano Lisa Harper-Brown as Donna Anna, Dunedin’s Jonathan Lemalu as Leporello and our current Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Young Artist Anna Leese (Tatyana in Eugene Onegin) as Donna Elvira.
Don Giovanni, an exceptionally lecherous nobleman, cannot resist the opportunity to seduce any woman who crosses his path. As a small crowd of wronged lovers, their fiancés and other enraged relatives grows, his fate is sealed when he kills the father of Donna Anna, one of his conquests. The Commendatore might be dead but his wrath is enough to cross even this boundary.
Accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Featuring the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
A New Zealand Opera production
In association with the Christchurch Arts Festival
CBS Canterbury Arena
Pre Show Talks
22 August 6pm; 24 August 12pm
Auditorium, CBS Canterbury Arena
Opera Exposed & Friends Night
22 August from 6pm
The 24 August performance time has been changed to 1pm which differs from the time printed in the 2013 season brochure.
Christchurch: CBS Canterbury Arena
Jack Hinton Drive, Addington
Mon — Fri 9am — 5.30pm
As for all great pieces, the possibilities for Don Giovanni are endless, which is why it will continue to be performed forever. If Mozart is Shakespeare, then Don Giovanni is his Hamlet — an eternal work which continues to ask questions of performers and audiences.
Mark Stone, Don Giovanni
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