The final moments of the great rebel
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The Estates TheatreApproximate running time
3 hours, 1 intermission 20 minutesLanguage
In Italian, subtitles in Czech, EnglishPremiere
August 28, 2021
If we were to name the works that connect Prague with the global music and theatre, the top position among them would undoubtedly be occupied by W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
National Theatre Chorus
National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Opera Ballet
And if we were to name the places at which Mozart in person premiered an opera of his and which still function as theatres, the one and only candidate in the world would be the Estates Theatre in Prague. The National Theatre Opera has proudly cherished this unique tradition for decades.
Perhaps surprisingly, Don Giovanni, the “opera of operas” created for Prague, has to date never been staged at the National Theatre by a non-Czech director.
Accordingly, the new production of the Mozart opera at the unique Estates Theatre is actually at variance with the long tradition – this time, an adaptation of Don Giovanni will be created by the Swedish-Norwegian stage director Alexander Mørk-Eidem in tandem with the German conductor and Mozart specialist Karsten Januschke. They are afforded wide scope for the portrayal of the world-famous profligate, who so easily magnetises women and wins their hearts. Is Giovanni an incorrigible slave to his instincts, or is he a provocateur, rebel, revolutionary even, human and symbol, or is he a mere catalyst around whom Mozart thoroughly depicts the constantly changing universe of female emotions?
To what degree will the new Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre break with tradition in this regard?
Co-production with the Nationaltheater Mannheim.
A replica of Anna Chromy's sculpture Il Commendatore/The Cloak of Conscience is used in the production with the kind permission of the author.
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 May at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of October 2022.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Buffets at the Estates Theater
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