"Don Giovanni"

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Reframed within the roaring 1920s, the Lyric Opera’s take on Don Giovanni emphasizes the “anti” in antihero

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Dates and Times

  • Tuesday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 2, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Don Giovanni

A ladykiller like no other, Don Giovanni aims to add the women of Seville to his 2,000 conquests, starting with the inconveniently engaged Donna Anna. But when the rake is discovered sneaking into her bedroom, he ends up killing Donna Anna’s father, the Commendatore, in a duel. This murder sets off a series of escalating disasters, among them a scorned lover who arrives bent on revenge and a naïve peasant girl who catches the Don’s eye on the day of her wedding. When Don Giovanni seals his fate by inviting the statue above the murdered Commendatore’s grave to dinner—an invitation the statue accepts—the antihero’s lascivious ways may have greater repercussions than just a continent-spanning trail of broken hearts.

The piece that George Bernard Shaw called “the greatest opera ever written,” Don Giovanni played a central role not just in the history of the art form, but in the history of the Lyric Opera itself. As the opening production of the company’s debut season, it gave the seeds of Chicago’s biggest opera company enough nourishment to bloom. But this new staging is more than just a rehash of history. Director Robert Falls draws on the popular antiheroes of modern television in this reimagining, and updates the setting to the tumultuous 1920s. Besides being a time of upheaval, this post-war period inspired Falls because it was “a tremendously fun visual time, a time of both very glamorous men and glamorous women, and juxtaposing that modernity with the sort of ancientness of the visual world of this town just seemed very exciting.”

Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Founded: 1954
  • Home: Civic Opera House, a masterpiece of art deco and art nouveau design opened in 1929
  • Mission: to engage audiences with classic operas, lesser-known gems, and new works
  • Famous performers: Pavarotti, Maria Callas, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, and Renée Fleming have all graced the stage

Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Founded: 1954
  • Home: Civic Opera House, a masterpiece of art deco and art nouveau design opened in 1929
  • Mission: to engage audiences with classic operas, lesser-known gems, and new works
  • Famous performers: Pavarotti, Maria Callas, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, and Renée Fleming have all graced the stage

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