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Multimedia Mozart
August 29, 2013   
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To end the capital’s 23rd Mozart Festival, the Warsaw Chamber Opera staged the composer’s famous work Don Giovanni outdoors July 20. There could not be a better setting for the opera than the royal courtyard of the Wilanów Palace Museum on a summer night in Warsaw.

Don Giovanni is based on the legends of Don Juan, the fictional seducer. It premiered in Prague in 1787 and today is among the top 10 operas performed worldwide.

Jerzy Lach was the director, Zbigniew Graca the musical director and Andrzej Sadowski the costume designer for this year’s performances in Warsaw. Modern technology provided a multimedia extravaganza, with video clips, slide projections and special lighting effects on specially set up LED screens and on the baroque palace facade.

The audience traveled back in time and experienced how such performances were played out at 18th-century courts. In two love scenes the performers moved away from the makeshift stage and used the natural setting of the palace porch.

The outdoor location made it possible for many more people to enjoy the opera than would have been possible in the smallish Warsaw Chamber Opera’s theater.

The Warsaw Chamber Opera received funding to stage the opera in the Wilanów Palace Museum courtyard from the Polish National Center for Culture and the Mazovia Province authorities.

The Mozart Festival was initiated on the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death in 1991.

Jolanta Wolska
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