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Don Giovanni

Friday January 25, 2013 - Sunday February 10, 2013

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  



Overview

 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

In any country, any language, Don Giovanni means seduction. Rich, powerful, and handsome, Don Giovanni charms and abandons women at will until arrogance kindles the fires of his own demise. Mozart's music, alternately playful and powerful, illustrates this timeless story perfectly, with charm, wit, and the gravity of impending doom.

"[Adrian Eröd is] a baritone of exceptional clarity with ringing high notes, impressive depth, and a beautiful timbre." — Wiener Zeitung
"Pinnock led ... an exhilarating performance that was as much about the human comedy as it was about Mozart's fusion of brilliance and experimentation."—Chicago Tribune

Photo credit: Brett Coomer

Grand Guarantor: The Wortham Foundation, Inc.

Synopsis

Act I

Leporello is waiting for his master, Don Giovanni, outside the home of Donna Anna. Suddenly, Giovanni is chased out of the house by Anna, who wants to know the identity of the man who forced his way into her room and attempted to seduce her. Her father, the Commendatore, awakes and challenges the intruder to a duel. Meanwhile, Anna has gone to find her fiancé, Don Ottavio. When they return together, they find her father dead; the killer has fled. Ottavio tries to calm his betrothed, and the two swear vengeance upon the murderer. 

Leporello is upset by his master's crime and urges him to mend his ways. But just then, Don Giovanni spots a beautiful woman complaining about her faithless lover. He approaches her, ready to offer “consolation,” and is horrified to discover that it is his wife, Donna Elvira, whom he deserted after three days of marriage. She reproaches him for deceiving her, but is ready to forgive him if he will return. Giovanni runs away, leaving Leporello to defend him.

Leporello and Giovanni pass by a wedding celebration for two villagers, Zerlina and Masetto. Giovanni is immediately interested in the bride. He contrives to be alone with her by suggesting that the party be moved to his palace nearby, but he himself remains behind with Zerlina. She is prepared to give herself to him when Elvira arrives and spoils Giovanni's plan.

Anna and Ottavio pay a visit to the palace. Giovanni is afraid he is trapped, but they only ask for his assistance to clear up the terrible events of the night. Though they haven't yet figured out he is the one who murdered Anna's father, Giovanni knows he must leave quickly before they begin to suspect him. It is too late. From his tone, voice, and bearing, Anna realizes that it was Giovanni who forced his way into her room and killed her father.

The marriage celebration continues at Don Giovanni's palace. Elvira has joined forces with Ottavio and Anna. They arrive at the palace, masked, in order to expose Giovanni. In the general confusion, Giovanni succeeds in drawing Zerlina into an adjoining room, but when she cries out, he pretends Leporello assaulted her. The masked guests reveal their identities and accuse Giovanni. He runs away, followed by Leporello.

Act II

Giovanni is now interested in Elvira's chambermaid. To protect his identity while he woos her, he changes clothes with Leporello. Leporello, pretending to be the Don, distracts Elvira.

Giovanni and Leporello meet each other in a churchyard, in front of a statue of the Commendatore. They jokingly tell each other of their adventures in disguise, but suddenly the statue comes to life and speaks, warning Giovanni to renounce his wicked ways. With bravado, Giovanni forces the terrified Leporello to invite the statue home for supper. The statue accepts, and supper is prepared.

Giovanni begins to eat by himself, but soon the statue arrives to pass judgment. Giovanni is given one last chance to repent, but he refuses to admit to any crime. He is condemned and perishes. Ottavio, Anna, Elvira, Masetto, Zerlina, and the police arrive—but Giovanni has ceased to exist. Elvira vows to enter a convent. Anna asks Ottavio to wait another year for her. Leporello considers going to the nearest inn to find himself another master. Masetto and Zerlina go home—finally united.

 


Sinópsis

 

1er Acto

Leporello espera a su amo Don Giovanni, fuera de la casa de Doña Anna. De pronto, Don Giovanni sale de la casa perseguido por Anna, quien quiere descubrir la identidad del hombre que entró a su cuarto intentando seducirla. Su padre, el Comendador, despierta y reta al intruso a enfrentarse a duelo. Mientras tanto, Anna va en busca de su prometido, Don Ottavio. Al regresar, estos encuentran al padre de Anna muerto; el asesino ha escapado. Ottavio intenta tranquilizar a su prometida, y los dos juran vengarse del asesino. 

Leporello está molesto por el crimen de su amo y lo exhorta a corregir su camino, pero justo en ese momento. Don Giovanni mira a una hermosa mujer que se está quejando de la infidelidad de su amante. Don Giovanni se acerca, preparado para "consolarla", y se horroriza al descubrir que esta es su esposa, Doña Elvira, a quien abandonó después de tres días de matrimonio. Ella le reclama su engaño, pero está dispuesta a perdonarlo si él regresa. Giovanni huye, dejando a Leporello en su defensa.

Leporello y Giovanni pasan cerca de la boda de dos aldeanos, Zerlina y Masseto. Giovanni se interesa en la novia inmediatamente y se las arregla para estar a solas con ella sugiriendo que la boda se debe transladar a su palacio el cual queda cerca y se queda hasta atrás con Zerlina. La novia está preparada para entregarse a él, cuando Elvira aparece y echa a perder los planes de Giovanni. 

Anna y Ottavio visitan el palacio. Giovanni teme ser descubierto, pero estos sólo pretenden pedir ayuda para aclarar los terribles sucesos de la noche anterior. Aunque no han descubierto que el fue quien asesinó al padre de Anna, Giovanni se percata de que tiene que huír antes de que empiecen a sospechar de él. Es demasiado tarde. Por su tono, su voz y su conducta, Anna se da cuenta de que fué Giovanni quien forzó la entrada a su cuarto y mató a su padre.

La fiesta del matrimonio continúa en el palacio de Don Giovanni. Elvira ha unido fuerzas con Ottavio y Anna. Estos llegan al palacio, enmascarados, con el propósito de descubrir a Giovanni. En medio de una gran confusión, Giovanni logra llevar a Zerlina a una habitación adjunta, pero cuando ella grita, él hace ver a Leporello como el agresor. Los invitados enmascarados revelan su identidad y acusan a Giovanni. Este huye, seguido por Leporello. 

2do Acto

Giovanni está ahora interesado en la camarera de Elvira. Para proteger su identidad mientras la corteja, se cambia sus ropas por las de Leporello. Leporello, pretendiendo ser Giovanni, distrae a Elvira. 

Giovanni y Leporello se encuentran en un cementerio, frente a la estatua del Comendador. Muy campantemente se cuentan sus aventuras al estar disfrazados del otro, cuando súbitamente, la estatua cobra vida y comienza a hablar advirtiendo a Giovanni a corregir sus actos. Cínicamente, Giovanni fuerza a Leporello a invitar a la estatua a cenar. La estatua acepta y la cena se prepara.

Giovanni comienza a cenar solo, pero después llega la estatua para realizar el juicio. Se le da una última oportunidad a Giovanni para arrepentirse, pero este se niega a admitir el haber cometido algún crimen. Giovanni es condenado y desaparece. Ottavio, Anna, Elvira, Masseto, Zerlina y la policía llegan al lugar, pero Giovanni ha dejado de existir. Elvira jura entrar a un convento. Anna le pide a Ottavio que la espere otro año más. Leporello considera la idea de ir a la posada más cercana para ir en busca de un nuevo amo. Masseto y Zerlina regresan a su hogar, finalmente juntos.

 

Cast/Creative Team

Cast

Adrian Eröd*
Don Giovanni

Kyle Ketelsen
Leporello

Rachel Willis-Sørensen***
Donna Anna

Veronika Dzhioeva*
Donna Elvira

Joel Prieto*
Don Ottavio

Malin Christensson*
Zerlina

Michael Sumuel***
Masetto

Morris Robinson
Commendatore

Creative Team

Trevor Pinnock*
Conductor

Göran Järvefelt
Original Director

Harry Silverstein
Director

Carl Friedrich Oberle
Set and Costume Designer

Duane Schuler
Lighting Designer

Leraldo Anzaldua
Fight Director

Craig Kier
Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

In any country, any language, Don Giovanni means seduction. Rich, powerful, and handsome, Don Giovanni charms and abandons women at will until arrogance kindles the fires of his own demise. Mozart's music, alternately playful and powerful, illustrates this timeless story perfectly, with charm, wit, and the gravity of impending doom.

"[Adrian Eröd is] a baritone of exceptional clarity with ringing high notes, impressive depth, and a beautiful timbre." — Wiener Zeitung
"Pinnock led ... an exhilarating performance that was as much about the human comedy as it was about Mozart's fusion of brilliance and experimentation."—Chicago Tribune

Photo credit: Brett Coomer

Grand Guarantor: The Wortham Foundation, Inc.

Act I

Leporello is waiting for his master, Don Giovanni, outside the home of Donna Anna. Suddenly, Giovanni is chased out of the house by Anna, who wants to know the identity of the man who forced his way into her room and attempted to seduce her. Her father, the Commendatore, awakes and challenges the intruder to a duel. Meanwhile, Anna has gone to find her fiancé, Don Ottavio. When they return together, they find her father dead; the killer has fled. Ottavio tries to calm his betrothed, and the two swear vengeance upon the murderer. 

Leporello is upset by his master's crime and urges him to mend his ways. But just then, Don Giovanni spots a beautiful woman complaining about her faithless lover. He approaches her, ready to offer “consolation,” and is horrified to discover that it is his wife, Donna Elvira, whom he deserted after three days of marriage. She reproaches him for deceiving her, but is ready to forgive him if he will return. Giovanni runs away, leaving Leporello to defend him.

Leporello and Giovanni pass by a wedding celebration for two villagers, Zerlina and Masetto. Giovanni is immediately interested in the bride. He contrives to be alone with her by suggesting that the party be moved to his palace nearby, but he himself remains behind with Zerlina. She is prepared to give herself to him when Elvira arrives and spoils Giovanni's plan.

Anna and Ottavio pay a visit to the palace. Giovanni is afraid he is trapped, but they only ask for his assistance to clear up the terrible events of the night. Though they haven't yet figured out he is the one who murdered Anna's father, Giovanni knows he must leave quickly before they begin to suspect him. It is too late. From his tone, voice, and bearing, Anna realizes that it was Giovanni who forced his way into her room and killed her father.

The marriage celebration continues at Don Giovanni's palace. Elvira has joined forces with Ottavio and Anna. They arrive at the palace, masked, in order to expose Giovanni. In the general confusion, Giovanni succeeds in drawing Zerlina into an adjoining room, but when she cries out, he pretends Leporello assaulted her. The masked guests reveal their identities and accuse Giovanni. He runs away, followed by Leporello.

Act II

Giovanni is now interested in Elvira's chambermaid. To protect his identity while he woos her, he changes clothes with Leporello. Leporello, pretending to be the Don, distracts Elvira.

Giovanni and Leporello meet each other in a churchyard, in front of a statue of the Commendatore. They jokingly tell each other of their adventures in disguise, but suddenly the statue comes to life and speaks, warning Giovanni to renounce his wicked ways. With bravado, Giovanni forces the terrified Leporello to invite the statue home for supper. The statue accepts, and supper is prepared.

Giovanni begins to eat by himself, but soon the statue arrives to pass judgment. Giovanni is given one last chance to repent, but he refuses to admit to any crime. He is condemned and perishes. Ottavio, Anna, Elvira, Masetto, Zerlina, and the police arrive—but Giovanni has ceased to exist. Elvira vows to enter a convent. Anna asks Ottavio to wait another year for her. Leporello considers going to the nearest inn to find himself another master. Masetto and Zerlina go home—finally united.

 


Sinópsis

 

1er Acto

Leporello espera a su amo Don Giovanni, fuera de la casa de Doña Anna. De pronto, Don Giovanni sale de la casa perseguido por Anna, quien quiere descubrir la identidad del hombre que entró a su cuarto intentando seducirla. Su padre, el Comendador, despierta y reta al intruso a enfrentarse a duelo. Mientras tanto, Anna va en busca de su prometido, Don Ottavio. Al regresar, estos encuentran al padre de Anna muerto; el asesino ha escapado. Ottavio intenta tranquilizar a su prometida, y los dos juran vengarse del asesino. 

Leporello está molesto por el crimen de su amo y lo exhorta a corregir su camino, pero justo en ese momento. Don Giovanni mira a una hermosa mujer que se está quejando de la infidelidad de su amante. Don Giovanni se acerca, preparado para "consolarla", y se horroriza al descubrir que esta es su esposa, Doña Elvira, a quien abandonó después de tres días de matrimonio. Ella le reclama su engaño, pero está dispuesta a perdonarlo si él regresa. Giovanni huye, dejando a Leporello en su defensa.

Leporello y Giovanni pasan cerca de la boda de dos aldeanos, Zerlina y Masseto. Giovanni se interesa en la novia inmediatamente y se las arregla para estar a solas con ella sugiriendo que la boda se debe transladar a su palacio el cual queda cerca y se queda hasta atrás con Zerlina. La novia está preparada para entregarse a él, cuando Elvira aparece y echa a perder los planes de Giovanni. 

Anna y Ottavio visitan el palacio. Giovanni teme ser descubierto, pero estos sólo pretenden pedir ayuda para aclarar los terribles sucesos de la noche anterior. Aunque no han descubierto que el fue quien asesinó al padre de Anna, Giovanni se percata de que tiene que huír antes de que empiecen a sospechar de él. Es demasiado tarde. Por su tono, su voz y su conducta, Anna se da cuenta de que fué Giovanni quien forzó la entrada a su cuarto y mató a su padre.

La fiesta del matrimonio continúa en el palacio de Don Giovanni. Elvira ha unido fuerzas con Ottavio y Anna. Estos llegan al palacio, enmascarados, con el propósito de descubrir a Giovanni. En medio de una gran confusión, Giovanni logra llevar a Zerlina a una habitación adjunta, pero cuando ella grita, él hace ver a Leporello como el agresor. Los invitados enmascarados revelan su identidad y acusan a Giovanni. Este huye, seguido por Leporello. 

2do Acto

Giovanni está ahora interesado en la camarera de Elvira. Para proteger su identidad mientras la corteja, se cambia sus ropas por las de Leporello. Leporello, pretendiendo ser Giovanni, distrae a Elvira. 

Giovanni y Leporello se encuentran en un cementerio, frente a la estatua del Comendador. Muy campantemente se cuentan sus aventuras al estar disfrazados del otro, cuando súbitamente, la estatua cobra vida y comienza a hablar advirtiendo a Giovanni a corregir sus actos. Cínicamente, Giovanni fuerza a Leporello a invitar a la estatua a cenar. La estatua acepta y la cena se prepara.

Giovanni comienza a cenar solo, pero después llega la estatua para realizar el juicio. Se le da una última oportunidad a Giovanni para arrepentirse, pero este se niega a admitir el haber cometido algún crimen. Giovanni es condenado y desaparece. Ottavio, Anna, Elvira, Masseto, Zerlina y la policía llegan al lugar, pero Giovanni ha dejado de existir. Elvira jura entrar a un convento. Anna le pide a Ottavio que la espere otro año más. Leporello considera la idea de ir a la posada más cercana para ir en busca de un nuevo amo. Masseto y Zerlina regresan a su hogar, finalmente juntos.

 

Cast

Adrian Eröd*
Don Giovanni

Kyle Ketelsen
Leporello

Rachel Willis-Sørensen***
Donna Anna

Veronika Dzhioeva*
Donna Elvira

Joel Prieto*
Don Ottavio

Malin Christensson*
Zerlina

Michael Sumuel***
Masetto

Morris Robinson
Commendatore

Creative Team

Trevor Pinnock*
Conductor

Göran Järvefelt
Original Director

Harry Silverstein
Director

Carl Friedrich Oberle
Set and Costume Designer

Duane Schuler
Lighting Designer

Leraldo Anzaldua
Fight Director

Craig Kier
Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Donate Now Button on Support HGO 

To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

To submit your gift by mail, please use this form.

Loyal donors are behind each performance at Houston Grand Opera.
We can’t do it without you; please consider making a gift today!

Donate Now  


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