Salzburg puts 150 local women on Don Giovanni stage

Salzburg puts 150 local women on Don Giovanni stage


norman lebrecht

July 23, 2021

Director Romeo Castellucci has recruited 150 women from Salzburg on stage as extras in his Don Giovanni production.

More it’s A Chorus Line than Mozart?

Castellucci claims he is giving these women a face and a story. ‘It is a fantastic, concrete connection with the city; I am delighted that we have found 150 women from Salzburg to participate.’

The conductor Teodor Currentzis says: ‘I value the way in which Romeo sees details other people miss. He has an incredibly intuition that makes him examine these very details, while sticking very closely to Mozart’s own dramaturgy.’

It’s hot in Salzburg so he cut off his sleeves.


  • Gross says:

    Is that one of the 150 women in the hat and the dress?

  • anon says:

    Was it not supposed to be 1003, or so Don Giovanni claimed?

    • V Lind says:

      That might break their social distancing rules!

    • Le Křenek du jour says:

      Technically, around the time Mozart wrote ‘Don Giovanni’, Salzburg was still part of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation, vulgo: Germany. So the figure for ‘Alemagna’ would apply: 231.
      1003 is the figure for Spain.

      Of greater concern is is the attainment of proper social diversity:

      V’han fra queste contadine,
      Cameriere, cittadine,
      V’han contesse, baronesse,
      Marchesane, principesse.
      E v’han donne d’ogni grado,
      D’ogni forma, d’ogni età.

      Women from all ranks and classes of society.
      A sample drawn from a notionally classless population would not do, especially since the Austrian Republic has abolished all titles of nobility in 1918.

      • Nijinsky says:

        Class structure?
        You mean like in “Hollywood?”

        Movie stars,
        Billionaires and Millionaires,
        Sports stars,
        Cleaning ladies,

        Probably more than 1003 of those there, which we’ve heard about lately…..

    • Couperin says:

      Wonderful takedown of Currentzis the coward:

  • Tamino says:

    Theodor, or ‚the cult of the naked upper arm‘.

  • John Rodger says:

    The emperor is naked … pass it on.