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The opera Don Giovanni, the Estates Theatre and the long-standing Mozart tradition are among the greatest glories of Prague’s cultural history.
The Estates Theatre is globally unique in that it is the one and only preserved and still functional venue where a world premiere of a Mozart opera took place with the composer himself conducting. This premiere was — as is generally known — of the very “Opera of Operas”, Don Giovanni. And the Estates Theatre is all the more unique owing to the fact that this opera has been performed there for centuries.
The world premiere of Don Giovanni on 29 October 1787 was a tremendous success and from Prague the new opera set out on its journey to global acclaim and admiration. Mozart’s “Prague” opera is one of the most frequently performed titles at the National Theatre. Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera is a work of Shakespearean multivalence, blending comedy and tragedy, “high” and “low”, giving rise to philosophical contemplations while at the same time affording entertainment replete with excitement and humour.
The opera is staged in Italian original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.
author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
musical preparation: Tomáš Netopil
conductor: Jan Chalupecký, David Švec
stage director: SKUTR (Martin Kukučka a Lukáš Trpišovský)
sets: Jakub Kopecký
cast: Jiří Hájek/Svatopluk Sem/Richard Šveda, Miloš Horák/Jan Šťáva/František Zahradníček, Marie Fajtová/Simona Houda-Šaturová/Anna Princeva/Jana Šrejma Kačírková, Aleš Briscein/Jaroslav Březina/Richard Samek/Martin Šrejma ...
duration of the performance: 3 hours and 10 minutes, 1 intermission