DON GIOVANNI

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

 

Set Designer: Ashley Waldron

 

 
1/4" Scale  Stuart Theater, Brown University

1/4" Scale

Stuart Theater, Brown University

 
 

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

 
Columns added (with the statue of Venus de Milo) for scenes set in the interior of Don Giovanni's house.  Floor pattern fades from marbled tile to bullring sand.

Columns added (with the statue of Venus de Milo) for scenes set in the interior of Don Giovanni's house.

Floor pattern fades from marbled tile to bullring sand.

Background arches detail.

Background arches detail.

Staircase detail.  Stage left works as both exterior and interior, and for both the Commendatore/Donna Anna's house and Don Giovanni's house.

Staircase detail.

Stage left works as both exterior and interior, and for both the Commendatore/Donna Anna's house and Don Giovanni's house.

Set pieces that would be placed on stage for the graveyard scene: based off Spanish-style graves that are typically organized as individual vaults in a stone wall.

Set pieces that would be placed on stage for the graveyard scene: based off Spanish-style graves that are typically organized as individual vaults in a stone wall.