MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI in Copenhagen

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The Royal Danish Opera Presents:

MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI

Stage: Turné
Title: Don Giovanni | On Tour
Artform: Opera
Performance period: 02. Apr. – 11. Apr. 2014
Duration: Unknown (TBD)
Dates: 02/04, 04/04, 06/04, 09/04, 11/04

Don-JuanEN_top415The Royal Danish Opera is on tour in Jutland with a brand new version of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The performance will play in Randers, Holstebro, Esbjerg, Ålborg and Århus.

Young old, fat, thin, tall and short – for Don Giovanni, each have their own charms. As one of the strongest stories in opera history, Mozart’s Don Giovanni touches something profoundly deep inside every one of us. And now you can experience this classic in a refreshing new ‘dogma’ version.

Young Chilean director Aniara Amos is behind this innovative production of Don Giovanni. Her production is founded on a creative dogma concept embracing the use of costumes, sets and props sourced from the treasure trove of the Royal Danish Theatre.

The blazing Baroque interpreter Lars Ulrik Mortensen is back at the podium to lead Scandinavia’s foremost Baroque orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen. The title role of the restless seducer is sung by Palle Knudsen, surrounded by a range of The Royal Danish Opera’s most powerful women: Gisela Stille, Inger Dam-Jensen, Sine Bundgaard, Ylva Kihlberg and Tuva Semmingsen, whose characters are not exactly open to Don Giovanni’s romantic overtures.

Don Giovanni is performed in Italian with Danish supertitles.

Hempel A/S is the exclusive production sponsor for Don Giovanni. The Obel Family Foundation is the exclusive sponsor of the Danish tour of Don Giovanni. The Danish Research Foundation is the principal sponsor of the Royal Danish Opera.

Conductors: Lars Ulrik Mortensen/Benjamin Bayl
Stage direction: Aniara Amos
Set design: Alex Eales
Costume design: Signe Beckmann
Lighting design: Ulrik Gad
Concerto Copenhagen | The Royal Danish Opera Chorus

Cast

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PALLE KNUDESN as Don Giovanni

BARITONE

 

 

Nationality
Danish. Born in Copenhagen.

Education
Trained at the Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen.

Palle Knudsen
Baritone
Assigned to the Royal Danish Theatre from 1999.

Debut
Debut at the Royal Danish Theatre in Philip Glass’ Orphée at Turbinehallerne 1998.

At The Royal Danish Theatre
Principal performances at the Royal Danish Theatre: Mozart performances as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Don Giovanni and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Count Lamoral in Strauss’ Arabella. Ping in Puccini’s Turandot. Bobul in Kunzen’s Holger Danske. Lord Sidney in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims. Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes. Eisenstein in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème. Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I pagliacci.

Other engagements
Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with La Monnaie in Brussels at performances in New York and Paris. Albert in Massenet’s Werther with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the part of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Glimmerglass Opera in New York in 2003. A much sought-after concert singer and oratorio soloist performing with, e.g. the Danish National Chamber Choir, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Musicum. He has performed concerts at the Court Theatre in Stockholm, at the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, at the Hanoi Opera and at Pest Vigad in Budapest.

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GISELA STILLE as Donna Anna

SOPRANO

Nationality
Swedish

Education
The Opera Academy in Copenhagen, tutored by Kirsten Buhl Møller.

At The Royal Danish Theatre
Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff. Moira in Poul Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale. Gepopo in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. Corina in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims. Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Sophie in Massenet’s Werther. Eurydike in Glucks Orfeo et Eurydice. Bürstner/Felice Bauer in Ruders’ Kafka’s Trial. Adele in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Fortuna/Giunione/Melanto in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Sofie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Lulu in Berg’s Lulu. Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata. Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring.

Other engagements
Gisela Stille is internationally a highly demanded singer and has in recent years performed at Semperoper and Bregenzer Festspiele. From 1999-2001 Gisela Stille was a principle at the Oper Bonn and her roles included: Ännchen in Weber’s Freischütz, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlos and Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried. She sang all the soprano parts, Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, in Malmö season 10/11.

Besides performing on opera stages Gisela Stille has sung with several orchestras in various countries: The Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder, Grieg songs with I Pomeriggi Musicali in Mayland, Symphony no. 9 by Beethoven in Palermo; Schubert’s Mass in A major in Brussels with Walter Weller conducting and a tour in Great Britain with Elvis Costello performing his Secret Songs written specially for Gisela.

Future engagements
Future engagements include Pamina/Zauberflöte at Bregenzer Festspiele in 2013 and 2014, Alice Ford/Falstaff and Donna Anna/Don Giovanni at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Brahms’ German Requiem with BBC Orchestra in Cardiff, and Mathilde/Wilhelm Tell with Rizzi and Poutney at Welsh National Opera.

Prices and scholarships
The 2003 recipient of Elisabeth Dons’ Mindelegat. She was finalist in Queen Sonja International Music Competition, Norway and the Belvedere Competition in Vienna. She has received numerous legacies and prizes. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Award.

  • Peter Lodahl
    as Don Ottavio
  • Sine Bundgaard
    as Donna Elvira
  • Henning von Schulman
    as Leporello
  • Florian Plock
    as Masetto
  • Tuva Semmingsen
    as Zerlina
  • Petri Lindroos
    as Commendatore
    Tour plan

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    2 April 2014 – Værket i Randers at 20.00
    4 April 2014 – Musikteatret Holstebro at 19.30
    6 April 2014 – Musikhuset Esbjerg at 20.00
    9 April 2014 – Aalborg Kongres og Kultur Center at 20.00
    11 April 2014 – Musikhuset Aarhus at 19.30

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