Houston Grand Opera Presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Houston Grand Opera presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni as the first offering of the spring repertory, running from April 20 through May 5 at the Wortham Theater Center. (Photo: Bill Cooper)
Houston Grand Opera presents Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s masterpiece Don Giovanni in a co-production that marks the company debut of Danish director Kasper Holten, director of opera at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, from 2011 to 2017.
The legendary womanizer Don Giovanni adventures across Europe with his resourceful servant, Leporello, to indulge his hedonistic side and take advantage of women including noblewoman Donna Anna and peasant Zerlina. In an approach that resonates in the #MeToo era, Holten’s production explores what hell might look and feel like for a charismatic serial seducer. Working with the award-winning team of set designer Es Devlin and video designer Luke Halls—both contributors to the 2012 London Summer Olympics closing ceremonies—Holten conceives the entire opera through the prism of Giovanni’s complex mental landscape, resulting in a somewhat unconventional finale.
Noted as “striking and clever” by the New York Times, this focus gives the 231-year-old masterpiece a contemporary perspective.