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The opera ‘Don Giovanni’ of the Deutsche Oper Berlin makes its debut in Catalonia at the Castell de Peralada Festival

The opera ‘Don Giovanni’ by Mozart will be staged in Catalonia at the Castell de Peralada Festival in the Empordà County, on the Costa Brava. The renowned opera tells the story of a man living on the edge in a constant search without end, with allusions to sadism and immortality. First premiered in 1787 in Prague, this modern production sill reflects many aspects of society and has an impressive cast including the famous baritone Carlos Álvarez from Málaga.

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04 August 2012 12:28 AM

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ACN / Nerea Guisasola / David Tuxworth

Barcelona (ACN).- This weekend the Castell de Peralada Festival will be host to a unique operatic production. The opera \u2018Don Giovanni\u2019 by Mozart under the stage direction of Roland Shwab and with a prestigious cast including Carlos Álvarez, Robert Gleadow and Patrizia Ciofi, will be staged in the Empordà County (on the Costa Brava) this Friday August 3rd and Sunday August 5th. This astonishing work, with references to the film \u2018Funny Games\u2019 by Michael Haneke and with allusions to sadism and immortality, tells the story of a man living on the edge in a constant search without end. It is the first time this famous opera will be staged in Spain by the Deutsche Oper Berlin.


This production, which premiered on October 29th 1787 in Prague, tells the story of the character, Don Giovanni, who is totally immoral and believes in nothing except searching beyond the limits of reality and mortality to seek God\u2019s voice. The opera, directed by Roland Shwab, can be seen this Friday August 3rd and Sunday August 5th at an event in the Empordà County, in north-eastern Catalonia.

In the production which has more than 160 people, the baritone Carlos Álvarez, is responsible bringing the character of Don Giovanni to life. Also, there will be Robert Gleadow as \u2018Leporello\u2019, Philippe Talbot as \u2018Don Ottavio\u2019, Marlko Mimica as \u2018Masetto\u2019, Rafael Siwek as \u2018commendatore\u2019, Patrizia Ciofi as \u2018Donna Anna\u2019, Ana María Martínez as \u2018Donna Elvira\u2019 and Jana Kuruçova will play \u2018Zerlina\u2019. Also participating is the Chamber Choir from the Palau de la Música situated in Barcelona, with direction by Guillermo García Calvo.

It will be the first time the masterpiece by Mozart will be staged in Spain by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year at the event. According to the music director, the production begins with the murder of the female protagonist\u2019s (Anna\u2019s) Father and the lead character can be compared with figures such as \u2018Casanova\u2019 or even \u2018Marquis de Sade\u2019. Also the production contains scenes reminiscent of the macabre film \u2018Funny Games\u2019.

On Thursday, the company rehearsed one final time before the showing this Friday at the Castell de Peralada Festival. The director paused the rehearsals at certain points to scrutinise and adjust small details before the opera\u2019s grand debut in Spain.

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