Donna Giovanna

W.A.Mozart/Lorenzo da Ponte

Under the auspices of the Friesian Festival Opera Spanga is presenting Mozart's Don Giovanni with an old-fashioned view of the Spanga horizon and modern insight into the evolution of the masculine and the feminine.

Mozart's Don Giovanni is one of the most famous operas in the history of music. The tale of the infamous womanizer is familiar to a wide audience.

But what happens when this Don Juan is not a man, but a woman? Is the born seductress just as much a hero as her male counterpart? Or is she, by virtue of the fact that she is a woman, a common slut?

Donna Giovanna, the queen of lust, sets no limits to her appetite. She devours unscrupulously until the collective conscience devours her.



Donna Giovanna Klara Uleman
Leporella Francis van Broekhuizen
Donna Anna Karen Wierzba
Don Ottavio Juan Carlos Echeverry Bernal
Don Elviro Charles Alves da Cruz
Zerlino Jean-Michel van Oosten
Masetto Marcel van Dieren
Il Commendatore Mourad Amirkhanian
musical director David Levi
director Corina van Eijk
art direction Jolanda Lanslots
gaffer Henk Post
costume design Pieter van Rooij
make-up artist Saskia Ellemeet
assistant to the director Christina Sievert
assistant to the art director Yotka Kroeze
engineer Henri de Bock
producer Greetje Sluijs, Corina van Eijk
assistant to the producer Marleen Kunst
ticketsales and pr Bas Kleijn
office manager Mieke Bender
catering Annemieke Delis, Karen Manley
orchestra Spanga Festival Orkest


´Donna Giovanna, a revolutionary experience. (...) In the staging of her current production, Donna Giovanna, she goes further than many contemporary directors. (...) Purists have a hard time in Spanga, but van Eijk's 'interventions' work. (...) And then there is the ingenious decor with its many curtains. An experience. And the acting ability demonstrated by the singers. Super.'

Leeuwarder Courant

'The result is confrontational, at times even uncomfortable, but for that very reason alone essentially a success. (...) Macha and homos in a clever Mozart.'

De Volkskrant

'The performance is one long orgy, hilarious at times, a frontier-shifting manifestation of free love (viva la libertá) by comparison to which the riotous 70's pale. The interesting thing about the production is not merely that we hear tenors singing soprano roles, but also that we get a new, voyeuristic view of such well known characters revealing their secret passions.'

NRC Handelsblad

'In Spanga Mozart's drama giacoso has become (to say it in good German) a pure 'Lustspiel', at times almost slapstick, but indeed with the perfect timing required by that genre. In addition, the singing is good to remarkable, especially that of the ladies.'

Dagblad van 't Noorden

'The decor, the costumes and the inventiveness with which the whole thing is put together are all special.'

Friesch Dagblad

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