Don Giovanni

Mozart / Saramago

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José Saramago wrote the play Don Giovanni ou O dissoluto absolvido based on a question that  starts the whole narrative moving. Taking Mozart’s opera Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni as his starting point, the Portuguese Nobel Laureate asked: “What if Don Giovanni hadn’t gone to Hell?” He then imagined that Seville’s great seducer, immortalised by Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, would not have been condemned for his actions, questioning the power of moral judgment. In this stage version, Mozart’s music and Saramago’s play converge in an original staging by Jean Paul Bucchieri with musical direction by Nuno Coelho.


Gulbenkian Choir
Gulbenkian Orchestra
Nuno Coelho Conductor / Original ideia 
Jean Paul Bucchieri Staging / Light Design / Costumes
Rita Castro Blanco Assistant conductor
Bárbara Magalhães Costumes

André Baleiro Baritone (Don Giovanni)
Nuno Dias Bass (Commendatore)
Sónia Grané Soprano (Donna Anna)
Marco Alves dos Santos Tenor (Don Ottavio)
Susana Gaspar Soprano (Donna Elvira)
José Fardilha Baritone
Manuel Rebelo Bass (Masetto)
Leonor Amaral Soprano (Zerlina)
Pedro Lacerda Actor

W.A. Mozart / José Saramago
Don Giovanni, o dissoluto

Don Giovanni according to Saramago’s theatrical piece “Don Giovanni ou O dissoluto absolvido”, with music from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni

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Mecenas Principal Gulbenkian Música

Mecenas Orquestra Gulbenkian

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