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Don Giovanni

Conducted by James Conlon + Placido Domingo

No man is safe from his schemes

No woman is safe from his advances

Overview

The legendary seducer Don Juan returns in a production new to LA! Considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written, Don Giovanni deftly balances comedy and tragedy with unforgettable music.

Features a vividly theatrical staging by the legendary director Peter Stein, the smolderingly intense Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Don Giovanni, and LA Opera's rich tradition of Mozart's classics. 

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Production from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Production new to Los Angeles.

Production made possible by generous gifts from the Carol and Warner Henry Production Fund for Mozart Operas and from Marilyn Ziering.
Special additional funding from Mark Dalzell and Leslie and John Dorman.

Schedule

  • Saturday September 22, 2012 07:30 PM
  • Friday September 28, 2012 07:30 PM
  • Sunday September 30, 2012 02:00 PM
  • Wednesday October 03, 2012 07:30 PM
  • Saturday October 06, 2012 07:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 10, 2012 07:30 PM
  • Sunday October 14, 2012 02:00 PM

Cast

Creative Team

* LA Opera debut artist

Synopsis

ACT I

Leporello, Don Giovanni's disgruntled servant, stands guard while his masked master pursues Donna Anna indoors. The Commendatore, Anna's father, challenges Giovanni to a duel, and the Don easily kills the old man. Anna emerges to find her father dead, and she and her fiancé Ottavio swear to avenge him.

Giovanni and Leporello see a mysterious beauty, who turns out to be Donna Elvira, already seduced and abandoned by the libertine. Giovanni makes his escape, and Leporello distracts her with a list of his master's conquests.

Giovanni's wandering eye settles next on the peasant girl Zerlina, so he tries to distract Zerlina's betrothed, Masetto. Just as the Don persuades Zerlina to join him, Elvira appears and convinces her to flee instead. Donna Anna and Don Ottavio enter, asking Giovanni to help find her father's murderer. He agrees, but after he leaves, Anna realizes that Giovanni was her masked assailant and Ottavio vows to avenge her.

With Leporello, Giovanni arranges a ball for Zerlina and Masetto. Masetto berates her for her flirtation with the Don. She attempts to mollify him, but once Giovanni returns, Zerlina's resolve grows weak. She is only able to resist because Masetto is near. Anna, Elvira and Ottavio enter, masked, and Leporello tells them to join the revelers, but a call for help from Zerlina interrupts the party. The maskers rush to rescue her. Giovanni insists that Leporello is guilty, but the three know better. They warn the Don that a storm of vengeance will soon rage around him.

 

ACT II

Fed up, Leporello threatens to quit, so Giovanni bribes him to stay but he refuses to give up womanizing. Elvira's maid is the target of the day, and Giovanni switches clothes with Leporello and serenades the maid. Masetto arrives with a band of peasants hoping to kill Giovanni. Still disguised as Leporello, the Don tells the band to split up and takes Masetto aside. Once the others are out of earshot, Giovanni beats Masetto and leaves.

Meanwhile, Leporello, still wearing Giovanni's cloak and hat, has tired of Elvira's cooing and tries to get away from her. Anna, Ottavio, Masetto and Zerlina block his exit and, thinking they've caught Giovanni, agree to kill the reprobate. Leporello reveals himself, begs for mercy, and rushes away. Ottavio swears vengeance and Elvira expresses dismay over Giovanni's actions.

Leporello meets his master in the graveyard. As Giovanni boisterously describes his escapades, a voice interrupts and warns the scoundrel that his laughter will be silenced by morning. Leporello thinks in horror that perhaps they have heard the voice of the Commendatore. Giovanni laughs and orders his servant to invite the statue to dinner that evening.

Meanwhile, Ottavio tries to discuss marriage with Anna, but she says she cannot think of it in her sorrow.

Giovanni is about to sit down to dinner when Elvira storms in and begs him to return to her. Indifferent, Giovanni demands that she leave, but something terrifying interrupts her departure. She screams and runs out. Her fear is justified: the Commendatore has arrived, as invited. When Giovanni refuses to repent for his misdeeds, the Commendatore drags him to hell. The others rush in, and Leporello tells them what has happened. The libertine has received a just punishment.

RUNNING TIME

Three hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission.
Evening performances: 7:30-10:55 p.m. (approximately)
Matinee performances: 2:00-5:25 p.m. (approximately)

Multimedia

  • Don Giovanni

    LA Opera: September 17, 2012

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    In this edition of the podcast, KUSC's Brian Lauritzen chats with bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, who's singing the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Pre-performance lectures are generously sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation and the Opera League of Los Angeles.

Video

SCENES FROM "DON GIOVANNI" AT LA OPERA

Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain with James Conlon 

James Conlon introduces "Don Giovanni" 

Pre-Performance Talks

Get the full story by joining other opera-goers at our complimentary pre-opera talks in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Taking place one hour before every performance of Don Giovanni, these entertaining and informative talks are free of charge to everybody attending the performance, and no reservations are required. For Don Giovanni, the speaker will be LA Opera's acclaimed Music Director James Conlon.