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. Approximate running time 3 hrs 15 mins. Concert Performance - June 27th at Symphony Hall BirminghamPerformers Neal Davies (Leporello), Geraldine McGreevy (Donna Anna), Garry Magee (Don Giovanni), Catrin Wyn-Davies (Donna Elvira), Christopher Purves (Commendatore), Peter Wedd (Don Ottavio), Natalie Christie (Zerlina), Matthew Hargreaves (Masetto).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Tugan Sokhiev (to Jun 27). Conductor Anthony Negus (from Jul 2).