Yesterday the great opera season opened: symphony, lyric poetry and ballet in the Teatro Giovanni Verdi in Salerno. The program is “Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The shows are on Friday April 13th at 9 pm, and on Sunday April 19 at 6.30 pm. Meanwhile, in the Verdi Theater, there was a press conference with the director Vittorio Sgarbi, the artistic director Gianluca Martinenghi and the mayor joined them too. “Don Giovanni – affirms the director – is completely created by Mozart, it is a philosophical narration against religion that becomes superstition”.
Sgarbi enjoyed the journalists recalling his career as theater director, he revealed that he will be on the Verdi stage next year, he is going to direct “Così fan tutte” (That’s how every woman does), after his experiences with “La vedova Allegra” (The Cheerful Widow) and “Don Giovanni”. About the opera, he said he chose se first version by Mozart, the one considered ‘from Prtague’ because he faithfully worked in Salzburg, but he was forced to change the end after Giuseppe II of Austria declared it inappropriate for the population of Vienna. Stylistically speaking he recreated the classic setting of that time; he imagined a place similar to the Garden of Bomarzo after he turned down settings inspired to Caravaggio and Burri’s paintings.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa