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 English, new production. Running time 3hrs 15minsPerformers Garry Magee (Don Giovanni), Jonathan Best (Leporello), Majella Cullagh (Donna Anna), Claron McFadden (Donna Elvira), Paul Nilon (Don Ottavio), Lucy Schaufer (Zerlina), Elizabeth McCormack (from Nov 2), Roderick Williams (Masetto), Clive Bayley (Commendatore).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Company Opera North. Director David McVicar. Conductor Dominic Wheeler. Design Kevin Knight. Lighting Paule Constable.