MUSIC BY WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
LIBRETTO BY LORENZO DA PONTE
NORBERT BAXA, CONDUCTOR
NANCY HERMISTON, DIRECTOR
MEMBERS OF VANCOUVER OPERA ORCHESTRA
This operatic classic tells the tale of the legendary Don Juan, opera’s most notorious bad boy. The suave, confident, and rather chauvinistic Don Juan (known in Italian as Don Giovanni) roams Europe pursuing women wherever he goes. In this opera his habits catch up to him when old and new flames alike unite to see him punished.
Assisted by his attendant Leporello, a masked Don Giovanni is
attempting to seduce Donna Anna when he is caught by her father,
the Commendatore, and challenged to a duel. When Don Giovanni
wins the duel and kills the Commendatore, Anna and her fiancé Don
Ottavio swear vengeance on the mysterious murderer. Meanwhile,
Don Giovanni’s jilted ex-lover Donna Elvira has arrived, and interrupts
his amorous advances with the newlywed Zerlina. Donna Elvira joins
forces with Donna Anna, Don Ottavio, and Zerlina’s husband Masetto
to take revenge on Don Giovanni. While making his escape, Don
Giovanni encounters the Commendatore’s statue in the graveyard and
sarcastically invites him to dinner at his palace. To everyone’s surprise,
the statue arrives, opening up the gates of hell and dragging the defiant Don Giovanni down to eternal damnation.
A powerful tale of lust and retribution combined with thrilling music.
Banner illustration: Roan Shankaruk