Where: Playhouse Theatre, QPAC
When: October 19 – November 3
Opera Queensland are opening the gates of hell later this month, unleashing a reimagined production of Don Giovanni on the QPAC stage and Brisbane audiences.
A reimagining of Mozart’s masterpiece, Opera Queensland’s production will be conducted by Johannes Fritzsch, with rising international star Duncan Rock making his Australian principal debut in the title role. Directed by Lindy Hume, this production is a sobering new take on the iconic opera, set against the backdrop of working class Victorian London – the stomping grounds of Jack the Ripper and aristocracy looking for a taste of the seedy side of life. Despite its setting, Hume adds that she hopes the production will resonate with contemporary audiences.
“You cannot stage Don Giovanni today without the context of #metoo,” Hume said. “Don Giovanni isn’t your standard womaniser, he is a rapist and a murderer, and at the same time he is charismatic, funny and charming.”
Opera Queensland has also enlisted 200 women from Southeast Queensland as avenging furies for the thrilling finale sequence, in which Don Giovanni is dragged to his end by the hundreds of victims he has preyed upon. With design by Anna Cordingley and lighting design by Ben Hughes, it is sure to be a visually spectacular production.