Synopsis


CHARACTERS

Il Commendatore

Donna Anna, daughter of the Commendatore

Don Ottavio, Donna Anna's new fiancé

Zerlina, daughter of Donna Anna from a first marriage

Masetto, Zerlina's fiancé

Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni’s wife and Donna Anna's cousin

Don Giovanni, Donna Elvira's husband

Leporello, young relative of the Commendatore, living in his house


Act I

Leporello, the faithful servant of all of Don Giovanni’s follies, witnesses a night scandal at the house of the Commendatore. Donna Anna alerts the whole household and tries to stop an intruder who would like to leave the house unseen. This intruder is Don Giovanni. The Commendatore hears the racket and comes to protect his daughter. Don Giovanni takes up the challenge. As a result the Commendatore is killed. Don Giovanni tries to run away.

Donna Anna and her fiancé Don Ottavio cannot accept the sudden and horrible death of the Commendatore. Donna Anna wants to take revenge on the unknown murderer.

As Don Giovanni abandoned her, Donna Elvira is tortured with love and her craving for revenge. She finally finds him, but Donna Elvira’s grief only arouses indifference in Don Giovanni. He manages to escape. It is Leporello who answers in his stead.

Zerlina celebrates her engagement with Masetto. Don Giovanni cunningly manages to stay alone with the young girl. He charms her and tempts her and leaves her with all senses alert. Enters Donna Elvira and warns Zerlina against trusting Don Giovanni. Donna Anna and Don Ottavio encounter Don Giovanni and hope that he will give them his support in the difficult time they are living through. Don Giovanni gives them his assurances. Donna Elvira persuades Donna Anna not to believe in Don Giovanni’s sincerity. When Donna Anna remains alone with Don Ottavio, she tells him about the events of the fatal night and confesses that the murderer of her father is Don Giovanni himself.

Don Giovanni decides to set up a party and to bring in guests.

Zerlina and Masetto come to this party. Donna Anna, Don Ottavio and Donna Elvira join them, planning to denounce Don Giovanni as the murderer of the Commendatore and the root of all their misfortunes. But Don Giovanni manages to reverse the situation and to take everybody in his wake. However, at the end everybody get out of the game, throwing accusations into Don Giovanni’s face.

 


Act II

Leporello does not want to share the follies and dangers of Don Giovanni’s life anymore, but the latter makes him take part in the realization of his new plans. According to one of these ideas, Donna Elvira, abandoned and unhappy, falls into the arms of Leporello whom she has to mistake for Don Giovanni. Masetto yearns to get back to Don Giovanni and brings more people to help him. But Don Giovanni, whom they are forced to mistake for Leporello, manages to fool them and to teach Masetto a good lesson.

Donna Elvira who continues to mistake Leporello for Don Giovanni meets Donna Anna and Don Ottavio by chance. Zerlina and Masetto join them. Mistaking Leporello for Don Giovanni, they all want to execute him on the spot. Leporello manages to escape. Everybody feel that they cannot get rid of the destructive power of Don Giovanni over their respective fates.

Don Giovanni hears the voice of the dead Commendatore accusing him of horrible sins. In response, Don Giovanni provokes the Commendatore and dares him to dinner.

Don Ottavio tries to persuade Donna Anna that they will soon find the way to punish the criminal, and that she should agree to marry him as soon as possible.

Don Giovanni organizes a boisterous party, to which everybody is invited, even the late Commendatore. Joy is in full swing when Don Giovanni sees the invited Commendatore come in. The latter asks the villain to repent. Don Giovanni does not at all admit his fault and challenges all and everything. But he is defeated and crushed.

The avengers triumph...

- Dmitri Tcherniakov


A scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Don Giovanni, 2015. Conductor Michael Hofstetter, director and set designer Dmitri Tcherniakov, costume designers Dmitri Tcherniakov and Elena Zaytseva, and lighting designer Gleb Filshtinsky. Photo: Michael Cooper 

Performance Dates & Times
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  • Sat. January 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Tue. January 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri. January 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sun. February 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.
  • Tue. February 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri. February 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu. February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat. February 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wed. February 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat. February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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