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 surtitles in English. Running time: 3hrs 25mins including one interval.Performers David Kempster (Don Giovanni), David Soar (Leporello), Nuccia Focile (Donna Elvira), Camilla Roberts (Donna Anna), Robin Tritschler (Don Ottaviio), claire Ormshaw (Zerlina), Gary Griffiths (Masetto), Carlo Malinverno (Commendatore).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor James Southall. Conductor Lothar Koenigs. Director John Carid. Design John Napier. Costume John Napier. Costume Yoon Bae. Lighting David Hersey.