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. Sung in Italian with English surtitles (+ Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)Performers Christopher Purves (Don Giovanni - except Jul 12/14), Robert Poulton (Leporello), Geraldine McGreevy (Donna Anna), Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira), Matthew Beale (Don Ottavio), Jonathan May (Commendatore), Elizabeth Donovan (Zerlina).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor tba. Director Katie Mitchell. Director Elaine Kidd (revival director). Design Rae Smith. Lighting Paule Constable. Choreographer Emma Rice. Director Terry King (fight).