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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.Performers Nicholas Garrett (Don Giovanni), Matthew Hargreaves (Leporello), Ana James (Donna Anna), Laura Mitchell (Donna Elvira), Simon Wilding (Commendatore), Thomas Walker (Don Ottavio), Claire Wild (Zerlina), Robert Winslade Anderson (Masetto).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Producer Holland Park Opera. Company City of London Sinfonia. Conductor Robert Dean. Director Stephen Barlow. Design Yannis Thavoris. Lighting Colin Grenfell. Director Sam Spencer-Lane (movement).
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