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Comic Opera in one act by Giovanni Gazzaniga
Libretto by Giovanni Bertati

Sung in Italian

Second title of a Double Bill with Turandot by Giovanni Gazzaniga


Don Giovanni: Miroslav Kopp

Pasquariello: Balazs Poka

The Commendatore: Norman Bailey

Donna Anna: Malmfrid Sand

Donna Elvira: Andrea Bolton

Maturina: Alison Browner

Donna Ximena: Joan Davies

Duke Ottavio: Finbar Wright

Biagio: Alan Cemore

Lanterna: Philip Doghan

Creative Team

ConductorSimon Joly
DirectorPatrick Mason
Set DesignJoe Vanek
Costume DesignJoe Vanek
Lighting DesignPaul Pyant
ChoreographerTerry John Bates
Music PreparationDavid Gowland
Chorus MasterRoy Laughlin

The Plot

With his manservant Pasquariello keeping watch outside, Don Giovanni attempts to seduce Donna Anna. Donna Anna's father, the Commendatore, challenges Giovanni to a duel and is killed. Ottavio, Anna's fiancé, swears vengeance. Meanwhile Don Giovanni encounters his old lover. Donna Elvira, outside the walls of Villena. As Don Giovanni woos Donna Ximena, Pasquariello gives Elvira a detailed account all his master's amorous conquests. Maturina and Biagio, accompanied by a party of peasants, arrive. Maturina and Biagio are about to be married, but Don Giovanni chases off a furious Biagio and attempts (unsuccessfully) to seduce Maturina.

Don Giovanni and Pasquariello follow Ottavio when he visits the Commendatore's tomb. Pasquariello is terrified when he hears the statue accept an invitation to dinner. Later that evening at Don Giovanni's house, Elvira pleads with the Don to mend his ways. She leaves when he refuses. Giovanni and Pasquariello enjoy their dinner and sing the praises of food, wine, and Venetian women. The statue suddenly arrives and drags Don Giovanni to his death. Ottavio and the women enter. Pasquariello and Lanterna describe Giovanni's fate to them. The opera ends as all rejoice at his downfall.

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