Tonight Barbara and me went went to the Sydney Opera House to see Mozart’s opera: Don Giovanni (actually my first opera ever). We barely made it in time to get to the Opera House due to the hundreds of thousands of happy clappers visiting Sydney for the World Youth Day. While we had circle c reserve tickets (seat P24 and P25; the cheapest tickets in the house for AU $ 100,- per person) our seats on the back row where actually not that bad. We had a good overview of the stage and the orchestra’s pit, and -as the opera was completely in Italian- we could also clearly read the english toptitles above the stage.
The story itself is actually quite simple: man is a womanizer, dad of last shag goes bezerk, man kills dad, people try to hunt man down while in the meantime he cheats on more women, dad comes back from the afterlife to take man, everybody lives happily everafter. Or as how the opera is advertised:
Meet the ultimate Love Rat. Charming and unscrupulous, Don Giovanni has stolen kisses and broken hearts across the continent. And wouldn’t you fall for a man who looks into your eyes and sings a melting Mozart serenade?
Caught in flagrante, on the run from an ex, and wanted for murder, life is getting complicated, but the Don cannot resist another quick affair. Has opera’s great Casanova gone a step too far? Find out as Mozart makes the simplest of melodies reveal the most profound truths.
The opera was really good, a classical opera in a modern stage setting. With a Don Giovanni in a hooded sweater, a stage that mimicks a long depth of field, moving panels and mirrors, a digital clock and lines of coke. Definately worth the money; it was a great experience