Met 2016-17 Don Giovanni

 

DON GIOVANNI
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saturday 22nd October, 2016
17:55
Duration: 3 hours 45 mins

Don Giovanni


CAST CREATIVE TEAM
Donna Anna: Hibla Gerzmava Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Donna Elvira: Malin Byström Production: Michael Grandage
Zerlina: Serena Malfi Set Designer: Christopher Oram
Don Ottavio: Paul Appleby* Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Don Giovanni: Simon Keenlyside Costume Designer: Christopher Oram
 Leporello: Adam Plachetka Choreographer: Ben Wright
*Paul Appleby will sing the role of Don Ottavio, replacing Rolando Villazón who has withdrawn due to illness. 

 

SYNOPSIS

ACT I:

Spain, mid-18th century. Leporello, servant to the nobleman Don Giovanni, keeps watch outside the Commendatore’s home at night. Suddenly, the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna, comes running out, struggling with the masked Giovanni and followed by her father. The Commendatore challenges Giovanni to a duel and is killed. Giovanni and Leporello escape. Anna asks her fiancé, Don Ottavio, to avenge her father’s death.

 

In the morning, Giovanni and Leporello encounter one of Giovanni’s former conquests, Donna Elvira, who is devastated by his betrayal. Leporello explains to her that she is neither the first nor the last woman to fall victim to Giovanni and shows her his catalogue with the name of every woman Giovanni has seduced.

 

Peasants celebrate the marriage of Masetto and Zerlina. Giovanni flirts with the bride, telling her she is destined for a better life. But Elvira urges Zerlina to flee her suitor. She also warns Anna, who is still unaware of the identity of her father’s murderer and has asked Giovanni for help in finding the man. Giovanni, for his part, insists that Elvira is mad, and Anna and Ottavio wonder what to believe. As Giovanni leaves, Anna suddenly recognizes his voice as that of the murderer. Devastated but determined, she once more asks Ottavio to avenge her. He wonders how to restore her peace of mind. Giovanni, who has invited the entire wedding party to his home, looks forward to an evening of drinking and dancing.

 

Outside Giovanni’s home, Zerlina asks Masetto to forgive her. Giovanni leads them both inside. Anna, Elvira, and Ottavio appear masked and, unrecognized, are invited in by Leporello. In the ballroom, Giovanni dances with Zerlina, then tries to force herself on her in an adjoining room. Her cries for help prompt Giovanni to blame Leporello. Anna, Elvira, and Ottavio unmask themselves and, along with Zerlina and Masetto, accuse Giovanni. He is momentarily caught off guard but manages to slip away.

ACT II:

Having exchanged clothes with Giovanni, Leporello takes Elvira on a nighttime walk, leaving his master free to serenade her maid. When Masetto arrives with a band of peasants to hunt down Giovanni, the disguised Don sends them off in various directions, then beats up Masetto. Zerlina finds her bruised fiancé and comforts him.

 

Later that night, Leporello—still believed by Elvira to be Giovanni—is surprised by Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina, and Masetto, who all denounce the supposed Don. Fearing for his life, Leporello reveals his identity and escapes. Ottavio declares he will take revenge on Giovanni and asks the others to look after Anna. Elvira thinks about Giovanni, whom she still loves in spite of everything.

 

In a cemetery, Giovanni and Leporello meet the statue of the Commendatore, who warns Giovanni that by morning he will laugh no longer. Giovanni forces the terrified Leporello to invite the statue to dinner. The statue accepts.

 

Once again, Ottavio asks Anna to marry him, but she replies that she will not until her father’s death has been avenged.

 

Elvira arrives at Giovanni’s home. She makes a last attempt to persuade him to change his life, but he laughs at her. The statue of the Commendatore appears and asks Giovanni to repent. He refuses and is consumed by flames. Elvira, Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina, Masetto, and Leporello are left behind to contemplate their futures and the fate of an immoral man.

 

A scene from the Met's new production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni." Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera Taken during the rehearsal on October 4, 2011 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

A scene from the Met’s new production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

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Simon Keenlyside as the Count in MozartÕs ÒLe Nozze di Figaro.Ó  Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Simon Keenlyside as the Count in MozartÕs ÒLe Nozze di Figaro.Ó
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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