Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • October 12, 15, 18, 20, 2019
Charming nobleman. Serial womanizer. Sexual predator. Don Giovanni is all these and more. As the list of people out to get him grows longer, eventually his misdeeds catch up with him.
Don Giovanni leaves a trail of broken hearts, and worse, wherever he goes. He has his servant, the reluctant doormat Leporello, keep a journal of Don Giovanni’s many conquests. Completely without morals or a conscience, Don Giovanni sexually assaults Donna Anna, then kills her father the Commendatore, who had tried to come to her defense. He seduces young Zerlina on her wedding day. But all actions have consequences, as Don Giovanni is soon to learn.
An irresistible classic, Mozart’s Don Giovanni seamlessly combines comedy and tragedy with one of the great musical scores of all time to create one of the world’s favorite operas.
Music Director Antony Walker conducts; Kristine McIntyre directs.
Craig Verm**: Don Giovanni
TBA: Donna Anna
The Artistic Team
Conductor - Antony Walker
Stage Director - Kristine McIntyre
Scenic Designer - TBA
Costume Designer - TBA
Lighting Designer - TBA
Wig and Make-up Designer - James Geier
Stage Manager - TBA
Asst Conductor - Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master - Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist - James Lesniak
Asst Stage Director - Matthew Haney*
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
Production owned by Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Listen to Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn give a brief synopsis of Don Giovanni featuring excerpts from this 1961 EMI recording with Carlo Maria Giulini conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra:
Click play below or download these excerpts for an offline treat!
- "Overture" - performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra
- “Lasciala, Indegno!” - sung by Eberhard Wächter as Don Giovanni, Gottlob Frick as the Commendatore and Giuseppe Taddei as Leporello
- "Madamina, Il Catalogo" - sung by Giuseppe Taddei as Leporello
- “Or Sai Chi L’Onore” - sung by Joan Sutherland as Donna Anna
- "Trema, trema, O Scellerato!" - sung by Eberhard Wächter as Don Giovanni, Joan Sutherland as Donna Anna, and the rest of the cast of the 1961 EMI recording
- "Deh Vieni All Finestra” - sung by Eberhard Wächter as Don Giovanni
- "Il Mio Tesoro" - sung by Luigi Alva as Don Ottavio
- "O Statua Gentillissima" - sung by Eberhard Wächter as Don Giovanni and Giuseppe Taddei as Leporello
- "Da Qual Tremore Insolito" - sung by Eberhard Wächter as Don Giovanni and Giuseppe Taddei as Leporello with Gottlob Frick as the Commendatore’s statue
- "Questo È Fin" - sung by the cast of the 1961 EMI recording
ACT I. Spain, 1600s.
At night, outside the Commendatore's palace, Leporello grumbles about his duties ("Notte e giorno faticar") as servant to Don Giovanni, a dissolute nobleman. Soon the masked Don appears, pursued by Donna Anna, the Commendatore's daughter, whom he has tried to seduce. When the Commendatore himself answers Anna's cries, he is killed in a duel by Giovanni, who escapes. Anna now returns with her fiancé, Don Ottavio. Finding her father dead, she makes Ottavio swear vengeance on the assassin ("Ma qual mai s'offre, o dei").
At dawn, Giovanni flirts with a high-strung traveler outside a tavern. She turns out to be Donna Elvira, a woman he once seduced in Burgos, who is on his trail. Giovanni escapes while Leporello distracts Elvira by reciting his master's long catalog of conquests ("Madamina, il catalogo è questo").
Peasants arrive, celebrating the nuptials of their friends Zerlina and Masetto. When Giovanni joins in, he pursues the bride, angering the groom, who is removed by Leporello. Alone with Zerlina, the Don applies his charm ("Là ci darem la mano"), but Elvira interrupts and protectively whisks the girl away. When Elvira returns to denounce him as a seducer ("Non ti fidar, o misera"), Giovanni is stymied further while greeting Anna, now in mourning, and Ottavio. Declaring Elvira mad, he leads her off. Anna, having recognized his voice, realizes Giovanni was her attacker.
Dressing for the wedding feast he has planned for the peasants, Giovanni exuberantly downs champagne ("Finch'han dal vino"). Outside the palace, Zerlina begs Masetto to forgive her apparent infidelity ("Presto, presto, pria ch'ei venga"). Masetto hides when the Don appears, emerging from the shadows as Giovanni corners Zerlina ("Riposate, vezzose ragazze!"). The three enter the palace together ("Venite pur avanti"). Elvira, Anna, and Ottavio are invited to the feast by Leporello. During the festivities, Leporello entices Masetto into the dance as Giovanni draws Zerlina out of the room. When the girl's cries for help put him on the spot, Giovanni tries to blame Leporello, but no one is convinced. Elvira ("Ecco il birbo che t'ha offesa"), Anna, and Ottavio unmask and confront Giovanni, who barely escapes Ottavio's drawn sword.
("Sola, sola, in buio loco") Under Elvira's balcony, Leporello exchanges cloaks with Giovanni to woo the lady in his master's stead. Leporello leads Elvira off, leaving the Don free to serenade Elvira's maid. When Masetto passes with a band of armed peasants bent on punishing Giovanni, the disguised rake gives them false directions, then beats up Masetto. Zerlina arrives and tenderly consoles her betrothed. In a passageway, Elvira and Leporello are surprised by Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina ("Mille torbidi pensieri"), and Masetto, who, mistaking servant for master, threaten Leporello. Frightened, he unmasks and escapes.
When Anna departs, Ottavio affirms his confidence in their love. Elvira, frustrated at her second betrayal by the Don, voices her rage. Leporello catches up with his master in a cemetery, where a voice warns Giovanni of his doom. This is the statue of the Commendatore, which the Don proposes Leporello invite to dinner ("O statua gentilissima"). When the servant reluctantly stammers an invitation, the statue accepts.
In her home, Anna, still in mourning, puts off Ottavio's offer of marriage until her father is avenged.
Leporello is serving Giovanni's dinner ("Già la mensa è preparata") when Elvira rushes in, begging the Don, whom she still loves, to reform ("L'ultima prova dell'amor mio"). But, he waves her out contemptuously. At the door, her screams announce the Commendatore's statue. Giovanni boldly refuses warnings to repent, even in the face of death ("Don Giovanni, a cenar teco"). Flames engulf his house, and the sinner is dragged to hell.
Among the castle ruins, the others plan their future and recite the moral: such is the fate of a wrongdoer.
- Adapted from Opera News
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