'DON GIOVANNI'

ON STAGE AT STREHLER THEATER OF MILANO

2019-02-02

Don Giovanni is a timeless myth, a legendary figure a seducer who makes conquest the purpose of life and deception towards women seduced and then abandoned, therefore inevitably dishonored, a real pride. He is the extreme, the climax, the apex to which the libertine can arrive, performs unjust actions without any fear of God or of men. Don Giovanni seduces with mastery and after having received the coveted 'prize' he gets tired and flees in search of other amorous adventures. He says his love is too big to stop at one woman, he wants to love all women, but in reality his is just a whim. He does not stop at anything, not even murder, just to conquer a woman. When he meets a young and happy couple fresh on the train, he feels in his heart an envy that he starts to meditate on the murder of the young husband. His servant tries to dissuade him, to reflect about his actions. He is almost like the voice of his conscience, sometimes Don Giovanni stops to discuss and agues with him, teasing him around. Molière wrote this comedy in 1665, a hundred years before the French Revolution. The work is imbued with a religious sense, with the intervention of the supernatural - the mythical ghost of the Commendatore also present in Mozart's Don Giovanni - yet Don Giovanni is the first man of the modern era, the prodrome of the Revolution, the beginning of a world ready to take his challenge to God and to morality. It seems to be at the beginning of a triumphant world, that with cunning manages to escape from every accusation, to every fault. And yet, even Don Giovanni is mortal and in the arms of death he will only be able to whisper: 'mamma, mamma ...'. He who was not afraid of anything, at least felt the need to call the long-forgotten mother one last time to search for the pleasures of this world. Even Don Giovanni is mortal ...

What remains of Don Giovanni? All his achievements, parties, luxury ... all this leaves a trail of emptiness and despair, as in Donna Elvira, ruined by the encounter with this devil.

The 'Don Giovanni' should be seen and reviewed in the theater or at the Opera, to remind us: 'Why should a man conquer the whole world if he loses his soul?'

Molière's Don Giovanni is on stage at the Piccolo until 10 February.

(Maximiliano Cattaneo)

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