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    Don Giovanni

    Santa Fe Opera


    “He betrayed me, he abandoned me — why do I still love him?”

    Funny, terrifying, romantic, tragic — Mozart’s setting of the Don Juan story is an opera with everything, including some of the greatest music ever composed for the lyric stage. Is Don Giovanni a rogue or a sociopath? Are his women victims, or willing accomplices? In this new production, dynamic baritone Daniel Okulitch (The Last Savage, 2011), sings the title role. Soprano Leah Crocetto, impressive in Rossini’s Maometto II (2012), sings the Don’s nemesis, Donna Anna. Complex and tormented, the vengeful Donna Elvira is sung by Isabel Leonard (Cold Mountain, 2015). Edgaras Montvidas makes his Santa Fe debut as the loyal and steadfast Don Ottavio. Zerlina — perhaps not quite the bumpkin she seems to be — is sung by Rhian Lois in her American debut. As Leporello, the frustrated servant, we hear bass Kostas Smoriginas (Carmen, 2014). Guiding the action is director Ron Daniels, former Associate Director of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, who makes his debut with this production. John Nelson (The Marriage of Figaro, 2013) conducts.


    Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Text Lorenzo da Ponte

    Sung in Italian with a SimulText® screen offering instantaneous English or Spanish translation

    Act I

    Leporello waits outside the Commendatore’s palace for Don Giovanni, who is inside trying to seduce Donna Anna. Giovanni rushes out, pursued by Anna, who cries for help. Her father, the Commendatore, comes to her aid, but Giovanni kills him in a duel and flees. Donna Anna demands that Don Ottavio swear vengeance on Giovanni. Nearby, Leporello pleads with his master to reform, but Giovanni is already flirting with a traveler. She is Donna Elvira, one of his past conquests, who is trying to track him down. Leporello distracts Elvira by reciting the list of his master’s seductions, while Giovanni escapes. A group of peasants is celebrating the wedding of Zerlina and Masetto. Giovanni immediately takes an interest in Zerlina and orders Leporello to takes everyone else to his palace to continue the party. Elvira interrupts his wooing and spirits Zerlina away, then warns Anna and Ottavio not to trust Giovanni. Zerlina begs Masetto to forgive her and they go to Giovanni’s palace. Elvira, Ottavio, and Anna enter the palace in disguise, spying on Giovanni. Leporello distracts Masetto as his master ushers Zerlina into another room. When she cries out for help, Giovanni accuses Leporello as her attacker. Anna, Ottavio and Elvira reveal themselves and denounce Giovanni, who again escapes.

    Act II

    Outside the inn where Donna Elvira is staying, Giovanni exchanges cloaks with Leporello, as part of his plan to seduce Elvira’s maid. Giovanni lures Elvira down to the street and, mistaking servant for master, Elvira lets the disguised Leporello lead her off, while Giovanni serenades her maid. Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina, and Masetto come upon Leporello (still in disguise) and Elvira. They threaten him, but he reveals his identity and escapes. Leporello and Giovanni reunite in a cemetery. They hear a voice coming from the statue of the slain Commendatore, warning Giovanni of his impending doom. Giovanni laughs and insists that Leporello invite the statue to dinner. It accepts, much to their surprise. At Giovanni’s dinner, Elvira begs him to reform, but he dismisses her. The Commendatore’s statue arrives and again warns Giovanni to repent. He refuses and plummets into hell. The others characters arrive and Leporello explains what has happened. They all announce their plans for the future, then sing the moral of the tale, “Those who do evil come to an evil ending.”


    • Leporello - Kevin Langan
    • Donna Anna - Carolyn James
    • Don Giovanni - Dwayne Croft
    • Commendatore - Stephen West
    • Don Ottavio - Mark Thomsen
    • Don Ottavio - Stanford Olsen
    • Donna Elvira - Susan Chilcott
    • Zerlina - Yvonne Gonzales
    • Masetto - Herbert Perry
    • Conductor - Richard Bradshaw
    • Director - Linda Brovsky
    • Scenic Designer - Miguel Romero
    • Costume Designer - Ann Hould-Ward
    • Lighting Designer - Craig Miller
    • Choreographer - Kimberly Mackin
    • Chorus Master - Gary Wedow