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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. Performances start in the early evening and there is a long dinner interval when audiences can picnic or dine in the marquees, with catering provided by Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts. Audience members may arrive from 16:00Performers Grant Doyle (Don Giovanni), Joshua Bloom (Leporello), Natasha Jouhl (Donna Anna), Sophie Bevan (Donna Elvira), Mary Bevan (Zerlina), Jesus Leon (Don Ottavio), Callum Thorpe (Masetto), Christophoros Stamboglis (Commendatore).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Producer Garsington Opera. Company Garsington Opera Orchestra. Conductor Douglas Boyd. Director Daniel Slater. Design Leslie Travers. Director Ran Arthur Braun (movement). Lighting Bruno Poet.
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