Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) makes his Met Opera debut May 5 with a new production of Don Giovanni. The opera by Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte is based on the Don Juan legend, and follows the infamous Don through the final hours of his life, up to the moment his criminal past finally catches up with him in a scene of supernatural justice. Get a first look at van Hove's new production below.
Starring as Don Giovanni is baritone Peter Mattei, who considered one of today's foremost interpreters of the role, having performed it 36 times at the Met since 2003. Sopranos Ana María Martínez, Federica Lombardi, and Ying Fang play, respectively, Donna Elvira, Donna Anna, and Zerlina, the three women who band together in vengeance against the Don. Federica Lombardi made her Met debut in 2019 playing Donna Elvira, and this production reunites her with Ying Fang for their third Mozart opera together at the Met, following their acclaimed performances in Idomeneo this past fall, and Le Nozze di Figaro last season.
Rounding out the cast are tenor Ben Bliss and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Don Ottavio and Masetto, the fiancés respectively of Donna Anna and Zerlina. Adam Plachetka plays Don Giovanni's servant Leporello, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk plays Donna Anna's father the Commendatore, whose murder at Don Giovanni's hands sets the action of the opera in motion. Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Met debut with this production.
Ivo van Hove's production includes scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys, and projection design by Christopher Ash, all making their Met debuts. The creative team also includes choreographer Sara Erde.
Performances continue through June 2.