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Don Giovanni

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Don Giovanni is the story of the world’s greatest lover, Don Juan, a young, arrogant, and charismatic aristocrat, who will stop at nothing to fulfill his ravenous lust. But when a midnight seduction ends in murder, Don Giovanni soon finds himself pursued on all sides by those he has wronged in the past. This masterwork is a brilliant combination of an engrossing story of seduction and vengeance set to the lavishly orchestrated musical genius of Mozart.

Don GiovanniElliot Madore
Donna AnnaElizabeth de Trejo*
Donna ElviraElizabeth Caballero
Don OttavioNicholas Huff*
LeporelloFederico De Michelis* (Miami)
Rafael Porto (Fort Lauderdale)
ZerlinaAsleif Willmer*
MasettoMichael Miller*
Il CommendatoreKevin Langan
ConductorChristopher Allen
DirectorMo Zhou*
ProductionFlorida Grand Opera
Set DesignerJohn Pascoe
Lighting DesignerNate Wheatley
Costume DesignerAnn Hould-Ward
Wig and Make-up DesignerSue Schaefer
Chorus MasterKatherine Kozak
Assistant ConductorTodd Craven*
Assistant Lighting DesignerStevie O’Brian Agnew
Production Stage ManagerKathleen Stakenas*
 * = FGO debut

Sung in Italian with English and Spanish projected translations


Seville, Spain, 17th Century

Act I

Leporello, Don Giovanni’s servant, is outside Donna Anna’s house. The disguised Don Giovanni runs out, with Donna Anna, calling for help, in pursuit. The commotion awakens her father, the Commendatore. In the ensuing duel, the Commendatore is fatally wounded. Don Giovanni and Leporello escape, and Donna Anna and her betrothed, Don Ottavio, return to discover the corpse. They swear vengeance.

Don Giovanni and Leporello encounter Donna Elvira, whom the Don had seduced and abandoned. He escapes, leaving Leporello to explain that she is but one in a list of 2,065 conquests. She swears revenge.

Master and servant come upon a peasant wedding party. The Don, taken with the bride-to-be, Zerlina, invites them to his villa. Masetto, Zerlina’s intended, is suspicious when he is sent off with Leporello, but Zerlina reassures him. Left alone, the Don woos Zerlina, promising marriage. As she gives in, Donna Elvira appears and warns Zerlina of the Don’s intentions, spiriting her away. Don Ottavio and Donna Anna enlist the Don’s help in discovering her father’s killer. Donna Elvira returns and, astonishing the noble couple, accuses Don Giovanni of betraying her. The Don questions her sanity, but Donna Anna suddenly recognizes his voice as that of the murderer. She vows to have vengeance, and Don Ottavio expresses his love for her.

Zerlina tries to reassure Masetto of her fidelity. At the Don’s approach, Masetto hides, alarmed to see the Don try to seduce Zerlina. He confronts them, and the Don reproaches him for having left her alone. He escorts them inside. Three masked figures arrive: Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, and Don Ottavio. Leporello invites them in.

At the party, Don Giovanni leads Zerlina into an adjoining room. When she screams, the guests decide to break down the door, but the Don appears, dragging Leporello and accusing him of the attack. No one believes the lie, and the guests turn on their host. The Don, undaunted, forces his way out.

Act II

Leporello tries to quit. Instead, Don Giovanni persuades him to exchange clothes so he can seduce Donna Elvira’s maid. When Donna Elvira herself appears on a balcony, the Don lures her down into the arms of Leporello, whom she mistakes for him. When they leave, Don Giovanni serenades the maid. Masetto appears with a band of men in search of Don Giovanni. As Leporello, the Don sends them off. He detains Masetto and beats him up. Zerlina finds Masetto and comforts him.

Leporello tries to escape from Donna Elvira, but Don Ottavio, Donna Anna, Zerlina, and Masetto intercept him. They are dismayed to discover he is not the Don. He quickly escapes. After Donna Anna leaves, Don Ottavio asks the others to comfort her while he avenges her. Donna Elvira laments her betrayal.

Don Giovanni and Leporello hide in a cemetery. They are interrupted by a voice warning the Don that his end is near. The voice seems to come from the statue on the Commendatore’s monument. Don Giovanni forces Leporello to invite the statue to dinner. Leporello is terrified when the statue accepts.

At Don Giovanni’s villa, the Don’s meal is interrupted by the arrival of Donna Elvira, who urges him to mend his ways. He refuses, inviting her to join him. She leaves, only to scream and rush back. Don Giovanni sends Leporello to investigate. He returns quaking with fright to report that the statue is approaching. Don Giovanni opens the door. The statue requests that Don Giovanni dine with him. Don Giovanni agrees and accepts the statue’s hand. The statue seizes him, demanding that he repent, but Don Giovanni will not, and is dragged unrepentant into Hell.

When the others learn of the Don’s fate, they conclude it was well deserved.

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