After the CoV-related delay, the Ring Award was presented on Sunday in the Graz Schauspielhaus. A women’s trio from Germany and Greece emerged as the winning team, staging their own interpretation of “Don Giovanni”.
The international award for direction and stage design is given every three years and is a coveted springboard into the international opera world.
Your own view of Don Giovanni
Gone are the days of unrestrained lust for life and immoderate amorous adventures for Don Giovanni. In the second act of Mozart’s successful opera, the title hero is called to account. A topic that the three teams of finalists in the competition for the international ring award had to implement independently in terms of image and direction.
“The exciting thing is that everyone has their own individual access. His thoughts, his view of Don Giovanni, ”says the Ring Award director, Heinz Weyringer. Even if only one person could win the award, everyone was a winner that evening for the director of the Schauspielhaus Graz and jury member, Iris Laufenberg: “All three can feel like winners, because when you’re in the final you actually have a lot won. “
Don Giovanni staged as a “myth”
The jury was ultimately won over by a trio of women from Germany and Greece – with an opulent court drama about Don Giovanni, the trial of which confronts him with many memories. “These are three strong, incredibly imaginative, sparkling women who have chosen a modern, present-day and surprising and never moralizing approach to this myth of Don Giovanni”, says the artistic director of the Graz Opera, Nora Schmid.
“Our Don Giovanni is looking for it, so he’s also trying to find out who he is. And in the end we find that it is just a myth, it is not a person and we do not try to reproduce it, we petrify it in the end and it is put down in the room of oblivion, ”describes the director of the winning team, Anika Rutkofsky. An independent production at the Graz Opera awaits the winning team.