Kyle Ketelsen, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Kate Lindsey & Philippe Sly Headline ‘Don Giovanni’ at Wiener Staatsoper

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: © Peter Mayr)

The Wiener Staatsoper has announced the upcoming premiere of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” which due to the nationwide lockdown in Austria, will be performed without live audiences.

The cast for the opera includes Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Donna Anna, Kate Lindsey as Donna Elvira, Philippe Sly as Leporello, Stanislas de Barbeyrac in the role of Don Ottavio, Ain Anger is Il Commendatore, Patricia Nolz as Zerlina, Peter Kellner as Masetto, and Kyle Ketelsen in the title role.

Philippe Jordan conducts a production by Barrie Kosky.

“I think characters like Don Giovanni are like mirrors in which we see ourselves. Sometimes like distorting mirrors, sometimes like mirrors that are broken. Sometimes the picture we see is unsavory,” said Barrie Kosky in an official statement. “The relationship to the dark and problematic sides has always been explored in art. Theater is a safe space insofar as you can examine everything there that is not possible in the real world,” added Kosky.

The premiere will be livestreamed on the Wiener Staatsoper’s streaming platform on Dec. 5, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. CET. ORF III will broadcast the premiere from 8:15 p.m. CET during its main evening program.

Further performances in 2021 are scheduled for Dec. 14, 17 & 20, pending the decision about a possible extension of the lockdown in Austria.