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 3hrs 15minsPerformers Arwel Huw Morgan (Leporello), Cara O'Sullivan (Donna Anna), Robert Hayward (Don Giovanni), Grant Dickson (Commendatore), Timothy Robinson (Don Ottavio), Nuccia Focile (Donna Elvira), Franzita Whelan (Donna Elvira), Claire Bradshaw (Zerlina), Matthew Hargreaves (Massetto).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Nicolae Moldoveanu (12-22 Oct 2-5 Nove 16-18 Nov 7-10 Dec). Conductor Anthony Negus (26-29 Oct 9-11 Nov). Conductor Graham Jackson (13 Nov 23-26 Nov). Design Rae Smith. Lighting Paule Constable.