Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Preview: Fun Facts About ‘Don Giovanni’ Revival

By David Salazar

On January 31, the Metropolitan Opera will revive Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” The opera will run for seven performances between January and February before returning for another five in April. 

Here are some fun facts about the upcoming production.

The first cast will showcase four prominent  Met Opera debuts. Soprano Aida Garifullina will make her hotly anticipated house debut, taking on the role of Zerlina. Federica Lombardi will do the same as Donna Elvira and conductor Cornelius Meister will do the same. Finally, tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac will showcase his talents to the Met audience for the first time, interpreting the role of Don Ottavio. 

Conversely, the second cast has no Met Opera debutants in its ranks. 

Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni will make his role debut in the title role. He has performed the role of Leporello all around the world, including 19 times at the Met. 

Conversely, this will the sixth run of performances of the role for baritone Peter Mattei; he first sang the role in 2003 and returned to the role in 2003-04, 2008-09, 2011-12, and 2014-15. He has appeared in this production in two previous seasons.

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen will sing her second Met role of her career; to this point she has appeared in 18 performances of “Le Nozze di Figaro,” all as the Contessa. 

The opening night performance will be the 50th performance of Michael Grandage’s production. This staging of the opera had its premiere on Oct. 13, 2011 and has had 49 performances to date, including two Live in HD showcases.