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Don Giovanni

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Dramma giocoso in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performed in Italian with German surtitles

Synopsis

Act I

Leporello is waiting for Don Giovanni who, masked, has forced his way into the house of the Commedatore in order to seduce his daughter, Donna Anna. Don Giovanni rushes out of the house, followed by Donna Anna. When she calls, her father appears and challenges the intruder to a duel. Don Giovanni stabs the Gommendatore to death. Donna Anna has called her betrothed, Don Ottavio, for help. They find the Commendatore dead. Donna Anna begs Don Ottavio to avenge her father's murder.
Don Giovanni is already enthusing about a new adventure. He meets Donna Elvira whom he had promised to marry and who has travelled after him. She reproaches him for being unfaithful but is prepared to forgive him if he goes back to her. Don Giovanni slips away and leaves Leporello to show her the long catalogue of his master's conquests. Donna Elvira is possessed by one thought alone: disdain and vengeance.
The newly married couple, Masetto and Zerlina, come along in their bridal procession. Don Giovanni is immediatly interested in the bride. In order to get closer to her, he invites the entire party. Masetto refuses to go along but Don Giovanni forces him to do so. Alone with Zerlina, Don Giovanni urges her to give herself to him. At this moment, Donna Elvira intervenes, warns Zerlina about her seducer and takes the bewildered girl with her. Donna Anna and Don Ottavio arrive and ask Don Giovanni to assist them in their search for the Commendatore's unknown murderer. Donna Elvira returns and warns them both about the hypocrite. Don Giovanni says that she is out of her mind. Donna Anna recognizes his voice as that of her father's murderer. She begs Don Ottavio once again to safeguard her honour. Leporello gives Don Giovanni an account of how in the meantime he has been entertaining the wedding party and has got rid of Donna Elvira. Don Giovanni has not abandoned his plan to seduce Zerlina. Zerlina tries to calm the jealous Masetto. He wishes to test her and hides when he hears Don Giovanni approaching. He harasses Zerlina anew. Masetto believes she is guilty of unfaithfulness but Don Giovanni makes up an excuse and leads both to the dance. Donna Elvira has joined up with Donna Anna and Don Ottavio. They arrive at the party masked in order to expose Don Giovanni. At his master's orders, Leporello invites them to join the celebration. In all the excitement, Don Giovanni succeeds in abducting Zerlina. Her cries for help interrupt the dancing. Don Giovanni's attempt to make Leporello appear guilty of seduction fails. The three masked figures reveal their identities and accuse him of his crimes. Together with Leporello, Don Giovanni succeeds in catching the three, who are thirsting for revenge, unawares and chasing them away.

Act II

Leporello wishes to resign. Don Giovanni bribes him with money so that he will stay. He now is after Donna Elvira's maid. To make it easier to approach her, he exchanges costumes with Leporello. When Donna Elvira appears at the window, she is taken in by the deception and believes Leporello to be Don Giovanni. She is prepared to forgive him for everything. Masetto has found some followers to kill Don Giovanni. Don Giovanni, masquerading as Leporello, puts his pursuers on the wrong track. Masetto remaining behind is beafen by Don Giovanni. Zerlina tries to comfort her badly hurt bridegroom. Leporello is desperately trying to get rid of Donna Elvira. His way is barred by Don Ottavio, Donna Anna, Zerlina and Masetto. They all believe they have finally caught Don Giovanni. Fearing for his life, Leporello reveals his identity and is able to escape. Leporello meets his master in a cemetery. Don Giovanni laughingly recounts to him his experiences as »Leporello«. Suddenly, an eerie voice is heard calling for quiet for the dead. Overcome with fear, Leporello notices that they are the tomb of the Commendatore. Don Giovanni asks Leporello to invite the Commendatore's statue to supper. The statue accepts the invitation.Donna Anna arrives at the cemetery with Don Ottavio. He presses his betrothed to give her consent to marriage but Donna Anna asks him to be patient. In high spirits, Don Giovanni and Leporello celebrate their liberty. At this moment, Donna Elvira bursts in. Once again, she begs Don Giovanni to change his way of life. He laughs at her. The Commendatore's shadow appears and orders him to change his ways and repent. Don Giovanni does not wish to repent. He dies. The others arrive too late to take vengeance. They learn of Giovanni's and from Leporello.

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