Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Set Designer: Ashley Waldron
Don Giovanni is a classic, two-act melodramatic comedy that takes place in Seville, Spain, mid-18th century. Don Giovanni is a young and promiscuous serial seducer, followed around by his sidekick, Leporello. In the beginning, the Commendatore challenges Don Giovanni to a duel and is killed. In the end, his death is avenged and Don Giovanni dies at the hand of the Statue of the Commendatore.
For the setting, I styled the upstage floor to be suggestive of a bullring, because my take on the opera is that Don Giovanni does as he pleases, and has been getting away with it his entire life, acting like an over-confident matador by harassing women and killing men. Now he finally picks a moral fight he can’t win. During Don Giovanni's death scene, my hell-scape solution is that he would be dragged back through the entrance of the bullring, engulfed in flames.