Don Giovanni

In the autumn of 2012, OPERA2DAY presented a staged version of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It was the first time OPERA2DAY realized a fully international co-production, in collaboration with Juventus Lyrica from Argentina. The seeds for a co-operation between the two organisations were sown in 2010 when OEPRA2DAY was invited to take part in the Argentinean production of Cosí fan Tutte. Thanks to the Dutch contribution, this was the first ever staged production of a classical opera on historical instruments in Argentina. With four sold out performances and rave reviews, a follow up production to such a success was inevitable. Don Giovanni is a production that was performed in both Argentina and The Netherlands. In addition to this, OPERA2DAY created a facebookopera, whose prologue was visited by Princess Máxima.

Special timbres
In Don Giovanni, the partners made good use of their respective strengths, thereby making the project of cultural interest in both countries. Argentinean singers are renowned for their affinity with Italian repertoire. The singers are passionate, versatile and expressive, making them a dream cast for the most famous of Mozart’s ‘Italian trilogy’. On the other hand, The Netherlands is known for its expertise on historical performance practises and performance on period instruments. The combination of these two forces results in a special timbre, something that was an important ingredient in the success of Cosí fan Tutte.

Both these strengths were exploited to the full in Don Giovanni: Juventus Lyrica was responsible for the staging and singers, whilst the musical direction and the orchestra were provided by OPERA2DAY. In this manner, an international co-production was staged, the beauty and power of which was an eye opener for the Dutch audience.

For the first time in the theatre on historical instruments

As far as OPERA2DAY can ascertain, this is the first time that Don Giovanni will be performed in a staged version with authentic instruments in both countries. This excludes the semi-staged production in the nineties by John Elliot Gardiner in the Concertgebouw. The 'Annalen van de operagezelschappen in Nederland 1886 > 1995', an online production catalogue of all the Dutch theatrical establishments, shows that all staged productions have been on modern instruments.

Don Giovanni was first performed in Prague in 1787. A year later, Mozart and Da Ponte made a few modifications for a production in Vienna. We will perform the Viennese version.

Succesful première
Our production of Don Giovanni received its première on 7 September 2012 in Teatro Avenida in Buenos Aires. For an overview of the responses we received, click here.
Practical information
The Dutch performances took place in The Hague and in Rotterdam.

The production was sung in Italian with Dutch subtitles.

In the foyer a programm booklet was being sold. This is a somewhat special book with a catalogue of all of Don Giovanni’s conquests, not only from the distant past but also from the present time through our Facebook opera. In addition to this, there is of course a synopsis, more information about the cast and photos of the production.


With thanks to

The opera and facebook opera productions of Don Giovanni are only possible thanks to the support of:

Gemeente Den Haag (specifically under the programme for Haags Muzikaal Toptalent)
Fonds Podiumkunsten (NFPK)
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds ism Mozart/Wagner Fonds
Stichting Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie
Stichting VSBfonds
Fonds 1818
Société Gavigniès
Rens-Holle stichting
Stichting Niemeijer Fonds


Act 1

Leporello, Don Giovanni's servant, complains of his lot. He is keeping watch while Don Giovanni rapes or seduces the Commendatore's daughter, Donna Anna. When the two appear, Giovanni is masked and Donna Anna is holding onto his arm. Something has happened and she insists on knowing his true identity; before he can break free from her grasp she cries for help. The Commendatore appears and forces Giovanni to fight a duel. Donna Anna flees into the house. Giovanni kills the Commendatore with his sword and escapes with Leporello. Anna, returning with her fiancé, Don Ottavio, is horrified to see her father lying dead in a pool of his own blood. She makes Ottavio swear vengeance against the unknown murderer.

Giovanni is immediately attracted to peasant girl Zerlina when he sees her, and he attempts to remove the jealous Masetto by offering to host a wedding celebration at his castle. On realizing that Giovanni means to remain behind with Zerlina, Masetto becomes angry. Don Giovanni and Zerlina are soon alone and he immediately begins his seductive arts.
Elvira arrives and thwarts the seduction. She leaves with Zerlina. Ottavio and Anna enter, plotting vengeance on the still unknown murderer of Anna's father. Anna, unaware that she is speaking to the attacker, pleads for Giovanni's help. Giovanni, relieved that he is unrecognised, readily promises it, and asks who has disturbed her peace. Before she can answer, Elvira returns and tells Anna and Ottavio that Giovanni is a false-hearted seducer. Giovanni tries to convince Ottavio and Anna that Elvira is insane. As Giovanni leaves, Anna suddenly recognizes him as her father's murderer. Ottavio, not convinced, resolves to keep an eye on his friend.

At one of Don Giovanni's many parties, Leporello distracts Masetto by dancing with him, while Don Giovanni leads Zerlina offstage to a private room. When Zerlina screams for help, Don Giovanni tries to fool the onlookers by dragging Leporello into the room and threatening to kill him for assaulting Zerlina. But Ottavio produces a pistol, and the three guests unmask and declare that they know all. But despite being denounced on all sides, Don Giovanni escapes – for the moment.

Act 2

Leporello threatens to leave Giovanni, but his master calms him with a peace offering of money. Wanting to seduce Elvira's maid, Giovanni persuades Leporello to exchange cloak and hat with him. Elvira comes to her window. Seeing an opportunity for a game, Giovanni hides and sends Leporello out in the open dressed as Giovanni. From his hiding place Giovanni sings a promise of repentance, expressing a desire to return to her, while Leporello poses as Giovanni and tries to keep from laughing. Elvira is convinced and descends to the street. Leporello, continuing to pose as Giovanni, leads her away to keep her occupied while Giovanni serenades her maid with his mandolin.

Before Giovanni can complete his seduction of the maid, Masetto and his friends arrive, searching for Giovanni with the intent of killing him. Giovanni (dressed as Leporello) convinces the posse that he also hates Giovanni, and joins the hunt. After cunningly dispersing Masetto's friends, Giovanni takes Masetto's weapons away, beats him up, and runs off, laughing. Zerlina arrives and consoles the bruised and battered Masetto.

Leporello abandons Elvira. As he tries to escape, Ottavio arrives with Anna, consoling her in her grief. Just as Leporello is about to slip through the door, which he has difficulty finding, Zerlina and Masetto open it and, seeing him dressed as Giovanni, catch him before he can escape. When Anna and Ottavio notice what is going on, all move to surround Leporello, threatening him with death. Elvira tries to protect the man who she thinks is Giovanni, claiming that he is her husband and begging for pity. The other four are resolved to punish the traitor, but Leporello removes his cloak to reveal his true identity. He begs everyone's forgiveness and, seeing an opportunity, runs off.

Leporello tells Don Giovanni of his brush with danger, and Giovanni taunts him, saying that he took advantage of his disguise as Leporello by trying to seduce one of Leporello's girlfriends. But the servant is not amused, suggesting it could have been his wife, and Don Giovanni laughs aloud at his servant's protests. The voice of the statue warns Giovanni that his laughter will not last beyond sunrise. At the command of his master, Leporello reads the inscription upon the statue's base: "Here am I waiting for revenge against the sacrilegious one who gave me death". The servant trembles, but the unabashed Giovanni orders him to invite the statue to dinner, threatening to kill him if he does not. Leporello makes several attempts to invite the statue to dinner but for fear cannot complete the task. It falls upon Don Giovanni himself to complete the invitation, thereby sealing his own doom. Much to his surprise, the statue nods its head and responds affirmatively.

Giovanni revels in the luxury of a great meal, served by Leporello, and musical entertainment during which the orchestra plays then-contemporary late-18th-century operatic music. Elvira appears, saying that she no longer feels resentment for Giovanni, only pity. Surprised by her lack of hatred, Giovanni asks what it is that she wants, and she begs him to change his life. Giovanni taunts her and then turns away, praising wine and women as the "support and glory of humankind". Hurt and angered, Elvira gives up and leaves. A moment later, her scream is heard from outside the walls of the palace, and she returns only to flee through another door. Giovanni orders Leporello to see what has upset her; upon peering outside, the servant also cries out, and runs back into the room, stammering that the statue has appeared as promised. An ominous knocking sounds at the door. Leporello, paralyzed by fear, cannot answer it, so Giovanni opens it himself, revealing the statue of the Commendatore. The Commendatore offers a last chance to repent, but Giovanni adamantly refuses. The statue sinks into the earth and drags Giovanni down with him. Hellfire, and a chorus of demons, surround Don Giovanni as he is carried below.

Donna Anna, Don Ottavio, Donna Elvira, Zerlina, and Masetto arrive, searching for the villain. They find instead Leporello hiding under the table, shaken by the supernatural horror he has witnessed. Giovanni is dead. Anna and Ottavio will marry when Anna's year of mourning is over; Elvira will spend the rest of her life in a convent; Zerlina and Masetto will finally go home for dinner; and Leporello will go to the tavern to find a better master. The concluding ensemble delivers the moral of the opera – "Such is the end of the evildoer: the death of a sinner always reflects his life".

Team and cast Holland


Conductor Hernán Schvartzman

Stage director Ana d'Anna

Stage design and lighting design Ana d'Anna

Costumes María Jaunarena


Don Giovanni Martijn Cornet

Commendatore - Masetto Maximiliano Michailovsky

Donna Anna Macarena Valenzuela

Don Ottavio Carlos Ullan

Donna Elvira Mariana Carnovali

Leporello Pol Gonzalez

Zerlina Laura Polverini


Chorus Haags Vocaal Ensemble

Musical rehearsal chorus MaNOj Kamps/ Béni Csillag

Scenical rehearsal chorus Pomme van Vught, met dank aan Willy Verkuil


Orchestra of OPERA2DAY on classical instruments

1st violin Monica Waisman (concertmaster), Rebecca Huber, Joseph Tan, Jacek Kurzydlo, Tomoe Mihara, Louella Alaitiit

2nd violin Kayo Saito, Luca Rizzello, Lucía Giraudo, Annegret Hoffman, Gabrielle Wunsch, Rachel Stroud

Viola Martina Forni, Seung Rok Baek, John Ma, Agnieszka Swiatkowska

Cello Nina Diehl, Anton Baba, Nika Zlataric

Double bass Tomoki Sumiya, Chen Goldsobel

Flute Carolina Perez Bergliaffa, Melody Yeomans

Oboe Diego Nadra, Antonia Sanchez Medioli

Clarinet Michal Lewkowicz, Thomas Carroll

Bassoon Dana Karmon. Gergo Farkas

Horn Laurens Otto, Gijs Laceulle

Trumpet Gabor Hegyi, Wim de Vries

Trombone Kate Rocket, Anton van Houten, Dominic Sierat

Timpani Orlando Aguilar

Fortepiano Manuel de Olaso

Mandoline Oman Kaminsky


Production team OPERA2DAY Holland


Production manager Alice Gubler

Production assistent Mieke van der Ven

Technical production and first technician Jeroen Smith

Assistent lighting designer and lighting Ariel Greblo

Technicians Michel Siebeling, Arne Haijtink, Luigi Pressani

Scenery workshop Holland Evelements

with thanks to Herbert Janse

Stage manager Pomme van Vught

Assistent stage manager Jordy Oostrik, Florie Bos

Makeup Jan Ruedisueli i.s.m. studenten van het ROC

Assistent costumes Elizabeth Tarasewicz

Dressers Tonny Bekink, Riëtte van Raamsdonk, Heleen de Bruïne, Marja Bakker

Surtitles Matthias Konecny

Surtitle operator Wim Goris

Music edition Luke Toppin

Marketing and communication Marleen Leroy, Carola van der Heyden

Graphic design Shilpi Ahmed-van der Pool

Illustration campaign, cover programm booklet, teaser video Brigitte Hennequin

Educational project Mieke van der Ven, with thanks to Krista te Brake

Cast and team Argentina


Don Giovanni Ernesto Bauer, Martijn Cornet

Commendatore-Masetto Michailovski Maximiliano, Javier Martinez (cover Masetto), Nicolas Secco (cover Commendatore)        

Donna Anna Valenzuela Macarena, Cirera Sabrina,  Laura Delogu (cover)

Don Ottavio Carlos Ullan, Ivan Maier

Donna Elvira Mariana Carnovali, Sabrina Cirera (cover)   

Leporello Pol Gonzalez, Juan Salvador Trupia, Nicolas Secco (cover)

Zerlina Laura Polverini, Laura Penchi, Cecilia Vega (cover)          


Juventus Lyrica

Artistic director Ana D’Anna           

Musical director Antonio Maria Russo        

Business manager María Jaunarena      

Organisation Juventus Lyrica

Andrea Sbarra, Mariana Mazzeo, Julia Arango, Sofía Lanternier   


Production team Argentina

Production manager Natalia Cappa

Technical production Florencia Bengolea

Costumes workshop Norma Chain, Norma Sanchez, Lizi Tarasewicz

Assistent costumes Cecilia Diéguez, Norma Chain, Fernanda Madroñal, Lorena Estebenet, Nicolás Isasi

Head makeup Juan Gasparini

Head hair Ricardo Fasan

Hair and makeup Ana Mariñas, Mariela Arocena


Lighting Fernando Micucci

Assistent lighting Greblo Ariel

First technician Bengolea Florencia

Stage manager Battipede Gabriela

Surtitles Natalia Natalucci

Surtitle operator Agustin Trincavelli

Prompter Alejandra Ochoa

Rehearsal pianist Matias Galindez, Leonel Fisher

Rehearsal chorus Hernán Schvartzman

Chorus coordination Claudio Vescovo

Scenery workshop Gustavo García, Amadeo Domínguez, Tomás Cernik          

Understudies Holland


Donna Anna Carolina Luppers

Donna Elvira Elvire Beekhuizen

Don Giovanni Máté Fülep

Leporello Joao Veloso Paixao

Zerlina Maria Valdmaa

Masetto / Commendatore Andreas Goetze

Rehearsal pianist for understudies Cynthia Liem and Elsbeth Remijn

Teaser Don Giovanni OPERA2DAY - Juventus Lyrica

No current calendar dates found for this production.

Tuesday 02 Oct 2012 - 19:30 HOUR

Theater Rotterdam (Schouwburg), Rotterdam

Addres: Schouwburgplein 25
City: 3012 CL Rotterdam
Phone: 010 - 40 44 111

Saturday 29 Sep 2012 - 19:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg

Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 088 356 5 356

Friday 28 Sep 2012 - 19:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg

Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 088 356 5 356

Thursday 27 Sep 2012 - 19:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg

Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 088 356 5 356

Wednesday 26 Sep 2012 - 13:00 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg

Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 088 356 5 356

Saturday 15 Sep 2012 - 00:00 HOUR

Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires

Thursday 13 Sep 2012 - 00:00 HOUR

Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires

Sunday 09 Sep 2012 - 00:00 HOUR

Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires

Friday 07 Sep 2012 - 00:00 HOUR

Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires

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