“The Giacomo Variations” 2011
a chamber-opera play, a dramatic and humorous rapprochement to the phenomenon Casanova; with John Malkovich as Casanova, Musical director: Martin Haselböck; Director: Michael Sturminger.
We meet Casanova – alternately played by Hollywood star John Malkovich and a baritone – in various exciting encounters, and are witness to his very personal retrospection on his life in the face of his approaching death. Somewhere in the midst of these encounters, bursting with desire and passion for numerous women, Casanova has to confront his biggest fear: to die, before discovering what he has lived for. The ‘soundtrack’ for this exceptional play of human feelings is provided by Casanova’s contemporaries Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart und Lorenzo Da Ponte, drawing on some of the most beautiful arias from their operatic collarborations. “The Giacomo Variations” is the second project in collaboration with acclaimed stage and screen actor John Malkovich, following the sensational worldwide success of “The Infernal Comedy”.
Ronacher, Vienna, Austria (January 5th 2011 world premiere); Sydney Opera House, Australia; Ruhrfestpiele Recklinghausen, Germany; Philharmonie, Luxembourg; Moscow, Russia; Château de Versailles Spectacles, Versailles, France; St. Petersburg, Russia; Turku Music Festival, Turku, Finland; Staatsoper, Hamburg, Germany; Die Glocke, Bremen, Germany; Theater Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland; Palacio Festivales de Cantabria, Santander, Spain; Teatro Sanchez Aguilar, Samborondón, Ecuador; Prague Spring International Music Festival, Czech Republic; City Center, New York, USA; Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada; Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
In 2013 the shooting for “Casanova Variations” – a movie based on “The Giacomo Variations” – took place in Lisbon, Portugal from 18th of August until 3rd of September.
The film featured John Malkovich as Casanova, Veronica Ferres as Elisa, as well as Jonas Kaufmann, Barbara Hannigan, Anna Prohaska, Fanny Ardant, Florian Boesch and Mia Persson.
Musical director: Martin Haselböck
Director: Michael Sturminger