Project: Don Giovanni

On March 10, 2014

The incorrigible ladies man. His victims. The inevitability of destruction. Mozart’s classic opera offers a framework for an emerging generation of musicians to forge a new form of expression. The light-hearted charm and comedy of this riveting score are used to good effect to depict a community morally adrift. In this modern take, affluent young people party and photograph and film themselves and each other endlessly. Even death itself is reduced to the role of a jester.

The drama finds itself tantalisingly placed in the middle ground between comedy and tragedy, burlesque and grotesque. It derives its power from a roll call of fresh young vocal talent and complex video projection. The production is a theatrical opera but also a live film projected simultaneously onto two screens.



Tapiola Sinfonietta
New Generation Opera Ensemble

Conductor: Ville Matvejeff
Chorus master and assistant conductor: Jonas Rannila
Repetiteur: Tatu Erkkilä

Director: Erik Söderblom
Film director: Janne Suutarinen
Assistant director: Mirva Koivukangas
Assistant Stage Director and Stage Manager: Laura Åkerlund

Scenography: Markku Kunnari
Costumes: Sari Salmela

Don Giovanni: Waltteri Torikka, baritone
Leporello: Tapani Plathan, bass
Il Commendatore: Timo Riihonen, bass
Donna Anna: Ida Falk Winland, soprano
Don Ottavio: Joska Lehtinen, tenor
Donna Elvira: Anna Danik, soprano
Masetto: Nicholas Söderlund, bass
Zerlina: Malin Christensson, soprano

Film production: Arcada

Partners: Nokia, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Festival, Arcada

Sponsors: ClearChannel, Craneworks, Make Up Forever

Supporters: Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation, Finnish Arts Council, AVEK, Wihuri Foundation