National Theatre Opera to Stream New Production ‘Don Giovanni’

By Logan Martell

On April 24, 2021, the National Theatre Opera in Prague, in collaboration with the Czech Television, will present the premiere of a new production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.

The production will be held at the Estates Theatre in Prague, where the opera first premiered in 1787. This will be the first time the company has entrusted the production to a team of foreigners. German conductor and Mozart expert Karsten Januschke and Swedish-Norwegian director Alexander Mørk-Eidem, lead a cast comprised of baritone Pavol Kubáň in the title role, Jana Sibera as Donna Anna, Alžběta Poláčková as Elvira, tenor Richard Samek as Don Ottavio, Miloš Horák as Leporello, Lukáš Bařák as Masetto, Lenka Máčiková as Zerlina, and Zdeněk Plech as Il Commendatore.

“Yes, ‘Don Giovanni’ knows that this is his last day and he wants to enjoy it as much as possible. To party and to have fun,” says Eidem on his approach to the work. “When you go see ‘Hamlet,’ you know that he will die at the end. I want to try a different approach. I want the spectators not to be sure about how the whole thing will end. Maybe, ‘Don Giovanni’ will not die at the end? I want people to be thrilled as if watching the piece for the first time. In my opinion, there is little value in retelling the same story over and over again. I want to give the audience more.”

The live broadcast will be offered through the iVysilani platform of the Czech Television, with a video recording to be posted on their global website at a later date.