The Venetian author and adventurer Giacomo Casanova – writer, poet, gambler, military man, prison escapee, friend of princes, popes and cardinals, and above all, LOVER – has surely lived one of the most extraordinary lives of all time. But what worth has a rich and colorful life when you are soon to die?
The versatile John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons, Burn After Reading, The Infernal Comedy) portrays the master scoundrel and seducer during his twilight years in The Giacomo Variations, making its New York debut fresh from 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.
By turns playful, philosophical, haunting and beautiful,The Giacomo Variations is sure to be the extraordinary highlight of the inaugural Cherry Orchard Festival.