Watching Don Giovanni in the #MeToo era: “pre-performance” talk for Opera Hong Kong’s production of Don Giovanni
Watching Don Giovanni in the #MeToo era: tracing Mozart’s famous opera from its Spanish roots up through today by Peter Gordon with additional commentary by director Jean Louis Grinda
Place: CPD 3.01 Centennial Campus HKU - University of Hong Kong
Date: 07 May 2019
Time: 7pm
One can make a case for Don Giovanni being the best opera ever written: music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Lorenzo da Ponte’s punchy Italian libretto of the classic tale of Don Juan, the legendary Spanish libertine and seducer. The opera itself — at once dramatic, lyrical and funny — is more than 230 years young, as fresh today, surely, as the day it premiered.
Don Giovanni is a dashing skirt-chasing bad-boy who stands up for his honour, wins a duel and outsmarts those out to get him, even confronting a malevolent poltergeist who comes to dinner — and sleeps his way around Europe; his servant and sidekick Leporello keeps a list of his hundreds of conquests. But this is 2019 ... and whether toward women or the staff, Giovanni, a fully-paid-up member of the 1%, abuses what we now call “power structures”.
With additional commentary by Jean-Louis Grinda, Director of the upcoming Opera Hong Kong production and Director of Opéra de Monte-Carlo since 2007, this talk will discuss the literary history of the Don Juan story and how it, like its protagonist, travelled the world. We will then look at Mozart and da Ponte’s version and see how it stands up at a time of changing mores and relations between the sexes. (Spoiler alert: pretty well.)
This session is given as a “pre-performance” talk for Opera Hong Kong’s production of Don Giovanni given 17-19 May.
20% Discount on the tickets for all the participants of the event-  A special code will be released on the day of the event.
Peter Gordon, Editor of the Asian Review of Books. He gives regular opera talks, translated subtitles and write programme notes for local opera companies, and writes on opera for the local and regional press.
Jean-Louis Grinda, Director of the upcoming Opera Hong Kong production, and General Director of Opéra de Monte-Carlo since 2007. Recent works La Gioconda in Palermo, Tosca in Valencia and Torino, and Roméo et Juliette in Genova.


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