Written shortly after The Marriage of Figaro
. Based on the famous legend of Don Juan the master seducer from whom no woman can be considered safe. Don Giovanni pursues, seduces, rapes and murders and in the climax is pulled to hell by a stone statue of one of his victims come to life - he remains unrepentant. His servant Leporello witnesses all his masters wrongs. There is also a rarely performed opera of the same name (and story) by Giuseppe Gazzaniga which was first performed in 1786, eight months before Mozart's version. Approx running time 3hr 20min. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. New production.Performers Sasa Cano (Commendatore), elizabeth Donovan (Donna Anna), Nicholas Merryweather (Don Giovanni), Byron Jackson (Leporello), Mark Milhofer (Don Ottavio), Stephanie Corley (Donna Elvira), Martene Grimson (Zerlina), Michael Davis (Masetto).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Carlo Rizzi. Design Rae Smith. Conductor Anthony Negus. Lighting Paule Constable.