THE 18th ‘Pafos Aphrodite Festival’ will present Mozart’s popular opera Don Giovanni at the medieval castle in Kato Paphos in September it has been announced.
Performances will take place on September 2, 3 and 4 and there will be a simultaneous translation in Greek and English via subtitles. The offering is a co-production between Parma Opera Organisation C.E.F.A.C. with the participation of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, said organisers. A statement from the Pafos Aphrodite Festival said: “This is one of the greatest works of the operatic repertoire and one of the leading lyric masterpieces of all times, the outstanding Don Giovanni by Mozart. This is an opera in two acts and the libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte.”
They added that the opera premiered at the Estates Theatre in Prague on 29 October 1787. Da Ponte’s libretto was considered, like many of its time, as drama giocoso, a term that denotes a combination of serious and comic action.
The plot takes place in Seville, Spain, in the 17th century and narrates the erotic adventures of the libertine Spanish nobleman Don Giovanni who insults and scandalises everyone until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit, said the release. In one of his adventures he attempts to rape Donna Anna and whilst trying to escape, he kills her father, who then returns from the dead to take his vengeance. Since Don Giovanni does not repent of his actions he is led to hell.
For more information: ‘Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus’ – 26822218 or www.pafc.com.cy.
Tickets are priced at €25, €40, €50 and €70.