November 19, 2019

A “Thrillingly Effective” DON GIOVANNI on stage through Dec. 8

Audiences and critics alike are raving about Lyric’s original production of Don Giovanni directed by Goodman Theatre’s Robert Falls and starring a world-class ensemble cast. As framed in Falls’ director’s note , the production has been hailed as “shrewd” and one where “real-life motivations and scenarios drive the story” (Chicago Tribune). 

With just a handful of performances left starring baritone Ryan McKinny, who won rave reviews in the title role of Dead Man Walking last month, check out what the critical press has had to say about Mozart’s masterpiece.

Viewed through contemporary sensibilities, Don Giovanni emerges not only as a landmark opera but a prescient one…3.5 stars (out of 4).

Chicago Tribune

"Thrillingly effective...elaborate, highly realistic sets...eye-grabbing costumes."

Chicago Sun-Times


“First-class cast, stylish staging make a Don Giovanni to die for at Lyric.”

Chicago Classical Review

"⭐⭐⭐ ½ (out of four)...impassioned"

Chicago Sun-Times


“Falls’ staging remains a model of how to freshen up a cornerstone opera.”

Chicago Classical Review

"[Director Robert Falls] presents this opera in a probing, straightforward way, doing an adroit job of threading the humor and darkness of this story."

Chicago Sun-Times


“Stunning…sensational…glorious singers who also are exceptional actors.”



“Thought-provoking…thrilling stagecraft…The cast, from top to bottom, was remarkable and memorable.” 

– Third Coast Review


Filled with thrilling music and drama, including a finale so overpoweringly dramatic that it changed music forever, don't miss the high drama, the eye-popping costumes, and the ultimate retribution of this iconic classic.

Lyric production revival of Mozart’s Don Giovanni generously made possible by

Lead sponsor

The Negaunee Foundation


Howard L. Gottlieb and Barbara G. Greis

Nancy and Sanfred Koltun

Mazza Foundation