Don Giovanni

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(Mozart: Don Giovanni). Bar. A young nobleman much given to seduction. After he has seduced Donna Anna and is chased from the house by her father, he kills him. His servant Leporello has to help him in his ventures. Elvira, having been seduced and then deserted by Giovanni, comes searching for him. His next attempted seduction is the young about‐to‐be‐married Zerlina, but she is saved by Elvira. Giovanni is unmasked as the killer by Anna and her friends. Escaping them, he comes across her father's statue in the graveyard and, when the statue speaks to him, he invites ‘it’ to dinner. At their banquet he shakes hands with the Commendatore and is dragged into the flames of hell. Arias: Finch'han dal vino (‘Now that the wine’—known as the Champagne Aria); Deh vieni alla finestra (‘Come to the window’); duet (with Zerlina): ‘Là ci darem la mano (‘There you will give me your hand’). The Don is really a somewhat cruel man, not caring who gets hurt along the way as long as his own louche desires are satisfied. He thinks nothing of beating his servant, Leporello, to make him help in his ventures and is quite happy to have poor innocent Masetto beaten up in the course of trying to seduce his fiancée, Zerlina. But baritones the world over are happy to portray this unpleasant character. These have included Mattia Battistini, John Brownlee (a very early Glyndebourne Don), Ezio Pinza, Matthieu Ahlersmeyer, Tito Gobbi, Mariano Stabile, Giuseppe Taddei, Cesare Siepi, George London, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Eberhard Wächter, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Kim Borg, Ruggero Raimondi, Bernd Weikl, Benjamin Luxon, Thomas Allen, Samuel Ramey, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Bryn Terfel. Created (1787) by Luigi Bassi.

Subjects: Opera.

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