W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni
Full Production Cast & Crew
Conductor: Johannes Stert
Stage director: Christoph Dammann
Set and Costume designer: Vanessa Nicolau
Lighting designer: Patrick Mlungisi Mbatha
Producer: Lindiwe Lekasapa
Artistic consultant: Musa Nkuna
Chorus master: Sidwell Mhlongo
Stage Manager: Leigh-Anne Nanguia
Projection Photos: Ray Albuquerque
Don Giovanni: Kevin Short
Leporello: Oliver Weidinger
Il Commendatore: Rouel Beukes
Donna Anna: Carla Caramujo
Don Ottavio: Musa Nkuna
Donna Elvira: Caroline Nkwe
Masetto: Njabulo Mthimkhulu
Zerlina: Thuli Magubane
As part of Joburg Theatre’s 60th celebrations, Don Giovanni will be presented on the Mandela Stage. This world class Opera will be produced as an in-house production with Christoph Dammann, who previously directed The Magic Flute in 2016, in consultation with Musa Nkuna, who was also part of the Magic Flute team.
Mozart describes “Don Giovanni” as a drama giocoso, that is, as a “funny drama”. Musically we have an ingenious mixture of serious and comical opera. The title character is not an older Casanova, but a “dissolute, young nobleman”.
The piece is a dark piece, not just in terms of the plot. Most of the scenes are at night, in a dark courtyard or room. Throughout the opera, Don Giovanni, the lover who used to be so successful, fails to seduce a woman. His magic no longer works, his dark, violent and misogynistic side emerges more strongly and is a deterrent to his love life.
The aesthetics and design of our production are inspired by the “film noir” of the 1950s, with low-key lighting, strong light-dark contrasts and a few splashes of color.
Surtitles in English.