It was in Vienna that director David McVicar and designer Robert Jones discovered the strongest image that would inspire their Don Giovanni. In the catacombs under an ancient church, more than 4,000 bodies lie.
“We went in and looked at this and there were piles of bones and skulls all coming up through the earth,” explains Jones. “That gave us a really strong image for the set.”
Scroll down to see photographs of the miniature set model box created to illustrate the set design for Don Giovanni.
Who lacerates my soul?
Who torments my body?
What torment, oh me, what agony!
What a Hell! What a terror!
– Don Giovanni
See Don Giovanni at Arts Centre Melbourne from May 11, 2015. Tickets and more information on the Opera Australia website.
All images in this post are of the miniature set model built to illustrate the set design for Don Giovanni. Copyright: Aidan Corrigan for Opera Australia. The image of prop skulls was taken by Interbrand.