Peter Mattei, Malin Byström Star in Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Live Stream of ‘Don Giovanni’

By David Salazar
(Credit: Dario Acosta / Peter Knutson)

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra will live stream Mozart and Da Ponte’s “Don Giovanni” on June 13, 2020.

The opera will be performed at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm without an audience.

Daniel Harding will conduct the opera leading a cast featuring Peter Mattei in his signature title role as well as sopranos Malin Byström, Johanna Wallroth, and Mari Eriksmoen, and tenor Andrew Staples.

Staples will not only perform the role of Don Ottavio, but he will be directing the staged version.

“One of the things this situation has taught me is how much I rely on my electronic devices. In this staging we explore the darker side of a reliance on screens and remote images, allowing us to examine Don Giovanni’s need for intimacy and adapt that idea to our own current situation,” Staples told “We imagine a world similar to ours now, where the characters maintain a physical distance and satisfy their craving for validation through their proximity to screens.

“In this world, Don Giovanni is less concerned with physical contact. Instead, he desires to capture and curate the moment of seduction. This obsession is perhaps part of our COVID-19 world, but it serves to highlight a dependency that is already becoming normal for many of us.”

Audiences can listen live here.