Based on the life of Giacomo Casanova, the Italian adventurer, writer and legendary lover, THE GIACOMO VARIATIONS is a remarkable fusion of theatre and opera with a 45-piece orchestra.
Following its world premiere on January 5, 2011 at the Ronacher Theatre, Vienna, Austria, the Hamburger Abendblatt said, “The Giacomo Variations is supremely moving and genuinely erotic.”
THE GIACOMO VARIATIONS is Malkovich’s second foray into the world of opera. His first, and very successful collaboration, in 2008 with the same production and creative team, was The Infernal Comedy, which he continues to tour internationally.
John Malkovich (The Killing Fields, The Glass Menagerie, Dangerous Liaisons, In the Line of Fire, Being John Malkovich) is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. His career began in the theatre, in 1976, when Malkovich joined Chicago`s Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by Gary Sinise. He appeared on stage in New York in the early eighties before his film debut in 1984 as the blind lodger in Places in the Heart (Academy Award nomination).
Written by Michael Sturminger with musical concept by Martin Haselböck, the music is provided by Casanova’s contemporaries, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, and draws on the most beautiful arias from Don Giovanni, Cosí fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro.