Don Giovanni Staging Project
Timeline: Current Day
Reasoning: It is effective as it is more relatable and specifically highlights the current moral issues I have outlined in my goals.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reasoning: It is factual to say that political power has influenced acceptance of behavior otherwise considered immoral or unethical. Setting this opera in Washington D.C. highlights that acceptance and challenges it.
It also alludes to the fact that while some of these things may happen in high-power and politically influential circles, this is also a place that has the power to make changes.
I will include a large balcony for use in interior and exterior scenes. I found examples of large interior balconies in ballrooms as well as exterior balconies.
The exterior balcony was inspired by the Rose Garden at the White House.1 However, the balcony on our stage will not be identifiable as such. I am directing commentary at the political environment in general, not related to the limited people that would be associated with the White House.
A picture of the Capitol Dome3 on fabric above the rotational set. It will be visible during all the exterior scenes, reminding us of the city in which this is taking place.
During interior scenes in Don Giovanni's house, an additional panel will be lowered in front of the Capitol Dome panel.
One of the rotating circles will contain a curved and elevated balcony.
The inner ring contains an elevated balcony with columns underneath.
The three combinations shown above are:
Far left: public outdoor area with the balcony above and in front of the wall.
To be used as an outdoor, public setting. Examples of scenes that take place here are:
- When Leporello and Don Giovanni first see Donna Elvira
- Public area where we first meet Zerlina and Masetto
Middle: interior of Don Giovanni's house with the wall in back, the balcony creating a dimensional element in the middle.
- The space in front of the balcony and columns will be used as an extension of the room.
- Table and benches will be brought in as well.
Far right: the wall with trees and plants plus the elevated balcony which is visible above the wall
- To be used in the first scene with Donna Anna and Don Giovanni
1Jonathan Lemire, “Spruced-Up White House Rose Garden Set for First Lady Speech”, Associated Press, August 22, 2020, accessed April 22, 2021, https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-08-22/spruced-up-white-house-rose-garden-set-for-first-lady-speech.
2“US Capitol Building Vector”, accessed April 20, 2021, https://publicdomainvectors.org/en/freeclipart/US-Capitol-Building-Vector/1852.html.