The Giacomo Variations is a chamber opera play written by Michael Sturminger. The music concept is by Martin Haselböck and based on opera scenes by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte. This is a story about the late Giacomo Casanova (John Malkovich), who, in the face of his approaching death, is still trying to find out, what he was living for, if not only to be coveted and desired by the woman he loves.
John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons, Burn After Reading, The Infernal Comedy) portrays the master scoundrel and seducer in The Giacomo Variations, making its New York debut following the world premiere in Vienna.
Under the direction of Austrian Michael Sturminger, Malkovich and co-star Ingeborga Dapkünaité perform scenes from Casanova’s 1790 memoir, Histoire de ma vie. As Casanova reminisces about one of his close friends, Mozart’s librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, we hear excerpts from some of Mozart’s best-known operas – Cosí fan tutte, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro – performed live by the Wiener Academy Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Martin Haselböck.
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