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New translation of Mozart's Don Giovanni by Roddy Doyle announced for Dublin Theatre Festival 2016

Published 12/10/2015 | 11:55

Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle

As the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 concludes its 18-day run, the first production for 2016 has been announced.

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Opera Theatre Company will present Mozart’s Don Giovanni in a new translation by Irish author Roddy Doyle.

The world premiere will take place at the Gaiety Theatre on October 1 with a second date on October 2 followed by Cork Opera House on October 5 and 7.

One of the most visceral and thrilling of all operas, Don Giovanni opens with seduction and murder and dramatically continues with every misdeed imaginable.

A huge hit in its day, Don Giovanni with his thirst for pleasure and complete lack of regard for consequences, still presents a gripping story to modern audiences, weaving the enduring themes of guilt, regret, love and death.

Roddy Doyle has been commissioned to create a brand new translation of the opera, which brings the legendary lothario vividly to life.

“It is a fascinating job, examining every line, every word - words that were written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, in Italian, in 1787, to accompany one hundred and sixty-two minutes of music composed by a genius," says Doyle.

"I'm trying to stay faithful to the original words but I also want to ensure that the characters will seem to be singing in Dublin, today.  It’s a big job - but the music fills the day."

Artistic Director Dublin Theatre Festival Willie White adds, "“Our festival is well established as a platform for showcasing ambitious, large scale projects by Irish artists so it’s the perfect stage for this exciting production of a Don Giovanni that will be world class and rooted in Dublin.

"We’re looking forward to being part of Opera Theatre Company’s 30th anniversary celebrations and to collaborating with them on bringing one of the great works of lyric theatre to our audience in 2016.”

The new production will be directed by Gavin Quinn, stars Welsh baritone David Kempster in the title role, with Irish conductor Fergus Sheil, with design by Bruno Schwengl and lighting design by Sinead McKenna.

This year's festival drew the largest audiences in three years to 28 productions staged across 22 venues in Dublin city and suburbs.

Highlights of the festival included the Irish premiere of Conor McPherson's latest play, a new opera from Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy, and a poignant revival of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2016 will run from 29 September – 16 October 2016

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