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. Running time: 3hrs 5minsPerformers Iain Paterson (Don Giovanni), Darren Jeffery (Leporello), Katherine Broderick (Donna Anna), Ben Johnson (Don Ottavio), Matthew Best (Commendatore), Sarah Tynan (Zerlina), John Molloy (Masetto), Rebbeca Evans (Donna Elvira - Oct 17-Nov 6), Sarah Redgwick (Donna Elvira Nov 10-17).
Music Mozart. Lyrics Da Ponte (1787). Producer English National Opera. Conductor Edward Gardner (Oct 17-Nov 6). Conductor James Burton (Nov 10-17). Director Rufus Norris. Design Ian MacNeil. Costume Nicky Gillibrand. Lighting Paul Anderson. Choreographer Jonathan Lunn. Design Finn Ross (video). Translation Jeremy Sams.