The Roberto Plasencia Saldaña Bicentennial Theater presents a contemporary version of the opera Don Giovanni, in co-production with the State Institute of Culture of Guanajuato and the Principal Theater of Palma de Mallorca
The role of Don Giovanni will be performed by the talented Mexican baritone Armando Piña and Donna Anna will be performed by the German soprano Sarah Traubel.
With the stage direction of the renowned set designer Paco Azorín and with the participation of the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato under the direction of Roberto Beltrán Zavala and the Bicentennial Theater Choir with the direction of Mtro. Jaime Castro Pineda.
It will have four performances in November: Wednesday 3, Friday 5 and Sunday 7 in the Main Hall of the Roberto Plasencia Saldaña Bicentennial Theater and on Sunday 14 in the Main Hall of the Juárez Theater in the city of Guanajuato.
The Roberto Plasencia Saldaña Bicentennial Theater of the Guanajuato Cultural Forum will present next week its production of one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (1756-1791) masterpieces, a contemporary version of the opera Don Giovanni, in co-production with the State Institute of Culture Guanajuato and the Main Theater of Palma de Mallorca.
Don Giovanni was released almost 234 years ago, on October 29, 1787 in Prague with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte and narrates the adventures of a Don Juan (Don Giovanni), who is the prototype of a conquering man, deceiver of women and insatiable. With Da Ponte, Mozart would achieve his magnificent trilogy of the operas Nozze di Fígaro (Marriage of Figaro), Don Giovanni (Don Juan) and Cossí fan Tutti (This is how they all do), which reflect a deep psychological analysis of the characters with the genius of Mozartian music.
The production of Don Giovanni that we will see at the Roberto Plasencia Saldaña Bicentennial Theater will have an interesting contemporary version with original stage direction and set design by the renowned set designer Paco Azorín, accompanied by an extraordinary team of creatives: Carlos Martos, choreography and stage movement; Ana Garay, costume designer; Pedro Yagüe, lighting design; Pedro Chamizo, audiovisual design and Carles Capdet, technical coordination.
The role of Don Giovanni will be performed by the talented Mexican baritone Armando Piña who made his debut in Spain in Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of maestro José María Moreno and the Orquestra Classica de Mallorca, performing in Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.
Among his other important roles are Marcello in La Boheme, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Belcore in L´Elisir D´Amore, Germont in La Traviata, Yeletsky and Tomsky in Dama de Picas, Manfredo in L´ Amore dei Tre Re by Montemezzi, The Death in Savitri by Holst, Mario in Una Voce in Off by Montsalvatge, Don Diego in the zarzuela Don Gil de Alcala by Penella Moreno and Julian in La Paloma y el Ruiseñor by Roger Bourland. Similarly, his concert repertoire includes Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, the 9th. Beethoven’s Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, among others. In 2020 he was appointed Director of the Sinaloa Opera Workshop, an artistic company of great renown in Mexico, which supports and prepares some of the best opera singers in the country, performing this position alongside his professional artistic career.
Donna Anna will be performed by the German soprano Sarah Traubel who has become one of the most fascinating young vocal artists in Europe. The great-niece of legendary Metropolitan Opera diva Helen Traubel and conductor Günter Wand, she completed her vocal studies at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. . In addition to studying with Barbara Bonney in Salzburg, her studies with Francisco Araiza, Angelika Kirchschlager, and Danielle Borst were essential to her future path. In 2020, Sarah Traubel was invited as Queen of the Night on Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Beaune Festival, Musikfest Bremen and with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Sarah Traubel made her first guest appearance at the Freiburg Theater, also as Queen of the Night.
The rest of the soloists will be made up of Leonardo Sánchez as Don Ottavio; Marcela Chacón playing Donna Elvira; Rodrigo Urrutia in the role of Leporello; José Luis Reynoso as El Comendador; Esteban Baltazar as Masetto and Carolina Torres, as Zerlina. With the participation of the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato under the direction of Mtro. Roberto Beltrán Zavala and the Bicentennial Theater Choir directed by Mtro. Jaime Castro Pineda.
Don Giovanni contains beautiful arias, deep and luminous musical fragments and is so well produced that it has survived the test of time and is considered a universal work.