Since its first performance in Prague over 200 years ago, Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni has maintained its status above all other operas in the esteem of audiences, critics and artists. Mozart composed his version of the Don Juan legend in 1787 against a background of openness and free expression, together with his librettist and self-proclaimed libertine Lorenzo da Ponte, friend of a Casanova. Sensual, obsessive and treacherous, with the will to live as if he were to die tomorrow, Mozart’s enigmatic ‘Don’ demonstrates that unrestrained free will is illusory and nothing can equal all divine power.
To coincide with the Con's presentation of Don Giovanni our musicologists and performers will discuss their insights into Mozart’s beloved opera and the enormous cultural impact it has had over the last two centuries. Members of the creative team behind the Con production will also be present.
Time: 9.20am – 4.30pm
Venue: Recital Hall East
Ticket includes entrance into the symposium, morning and afternoon tea/coffee
Conservatorium Staff and Students can request a complimentary ticket.