Librettо by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Yurii Bervetskyi Honored artist of Ukraine
Vasyl Vovkun People’s Artist of Ukraine
Marcello Aldgeri (Italy)
Sergyj Naenko Honored Artist of Ukraine
Vadym Yatsenko Winner of Ukrainian competition
Tadey Ryndzak People's Artist of Ukraine
Oksana Zinchenko Honored Artist of Ukraine
The night in Seville. Leporello, servant to the nobleman Don Giovanni, keeps watch outside the Commendatore’s home at night. He grumbles about his demanding master, because he has to suffer various inconveniences while his master, Don Giovanni, attempts to creep into the bedroom of Donna Anna, his former mistress. How long Leporello has to wait for him?
Don Giovanni runs out of the house, followed by frightened and indignant Donna Anna. She calls her father for help. The Commendatore challenges Giovanni to a duel and is killed. Giovanni and Leporello escape. Donna Anna realises with horror that her father is dead. Don Ottavio, the fiancé of Donna Anna, appears. Anna asks him to avenge her father’s death.
Leporello reproached Don Giovanni that he is leading a rotten life. However, Don Giovanni is captured by thoughts about new date with beautiful stranger. But, this woman turns out to be his former mistress, Donna Elvira. She still loves him and looks for him everywhere. The two recognize each other and she reproaches him bitterly. Don Giovanni succeeds in escaping again and pushes her on Leporello.
To comfort betrayed woman, Leporello tells her she is neither the first nor the last of his master’s victims and shows her his catalogue with the name of every woman Giovanni has seduced.
Don Giovanni and Leporello visit wedding in the village. Don Giovanni is attracted by lovely Zerlina at first sight. Don Giovanni devises a plan and attempts to relax the vigilance of jealous bridegroom, Masetto, by offering to host a wedding celebration at his castle and promises Zerlina to marry her.
Donna Elvira arrives and thwarts the seduction. She warns Zerlina of the treachery of this nobleman and leaves with her.
Don Ottavio and Donna Anna enter, plotting vengeance on the still unknown murderer of Donna Anna’s father. Donna Anna, unaware that she is speaking to her attacker, pleads for Don Giovanni’s help.
Donna Elvira returns and tells Donna Anna and Don Ottavio that Don Giovanni is a false-hearted seducer. Don Giovanni tries to convince Don Ottavio and Donna Anna that Donna Elvira is insane.
Donna Anna suddenly recognizes him as her father’s murderer and tells Don Ottavio the story of his intrusion. Don Ottavio swears to avenge.
Don Giovanni eagerly listens to Leporello about the events in the castle: how he entertained all the guests together with Mazetto; how he met Zerlina and Donna Elvira; how he locked the woman in her room, taking the key with him. Don Giovanni praises his witty servant.
At the castle, Zerlina follows the jealous Masetto and tries to pacify him. She manages to persuade him of her innocence.
Three masked guests – the disguised Don Ottavio, Donna Anna, and Donna Elvira – enter the garden. They have come to the castle to prove Don Giovanni guilty. Meanwhile Don Giovanni leads Zerlina to a private room and tries to assault her. When Zerlina screams for help, Don Giovanni drags Leporello onstage from the room, accuses him of assaulting Zerlina, and threatens to kill him. The others are not fooled. Denounced and menaced from all sides, Don Giovanni remains calm and escapes.
At the dusk. Leporello threatens to leave Don Giovanni, but his master calms him offering money. Near the house of Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni wants to seduce Donna Elvira’s maid. To fulfil his plan, Don Giovanni orders Leporello to exchange cloak. From his hiding place Don Giovanni sings a serenade. Impassioned Donna Elvira appears in the street, and falls into the arms of disguised Leporello.
Before Don Giovanni can complete his seduction of the maid, Masetto and his friends arrive, looking for Don Giovanni in order to avenge him. Don Giovanni in the cloak of Leporello takes Masetto’s weapons away, beats him up, and runs off, laughing. Zerlina arrives and consoles the bruised and battered Masetto.
Leporello in Don Giovanni’s cloak is still walking with Donna Elvira. He feels uncomfortable in such a dangerous role. As he tries to escape, he bumps into Don Ottavio and Donna Anna. Zerlina and Masetto also enter the scene. Leporello takes off Don Giovanni’s cloak and reveals his true identity. Don Ottavio is now convinced that Don Giovanni is the one who murdered Donna Anna’s father. He swears to avenge.
Cemetery in Seville. Don Giovanni and Leporello are hiding. Among the graves and tombs they discuss their latest adventures. Standing in front of the monument to Commendatore, Leporello reads the inscription upon the statue’s base: “Here am I waiting for revenge against the scoundrel who killed me”. Don Giovanni bravely invites the statue for a dinner. Much to his surprise, the statue nods its head and responds affirmatively.
Don Giovanni dines. Donna Elvira comes and once again tries to turn her treacherous lover to the path of the righteous. However, he does not want to listen to her. Hurt and angry, Donna Elvira gives up and leaves. Offstage, she screams in sudden terror. Don Giovanni orders Leporello to see what has happened; when he goes, he also cries out, and runs back into the room, stammering that the statue has appeared as promised. Don Giovanni is fearlessly facing his death. The statue offers a last chance to repent, but Don Giovanni adamantly refuses.
Thunder and lightning light the sky up. Don Giovanni bravely offers his hand to Commendanore. The statue drags the offender into a deadly abyss.
The medieval Spanish legend about the Punished Libertine Don Giovanni is one of the most popular plots in the history of world theatre. Many operas and ballets of prominent composers are based on the story about the romantic adventures of a famous lover. However, the most famous is the opera “Don Giovanni” written by the brilliant composer W.A. Mozart.
Don Giovanni’s story enabled Mozart to create a masterpiece at the intersection of two opera genres – opera seria and opera buffa (“serious” and “comic” operas) because his Don Giovanni personified courage, inexhaustible energy, deep optimism and love for life. That is cheerfulness that makes the main character so appealing to the audience. However, his egoism, violation of laws of honour and morality are the source of misfortune for everyone who Don Giovanni meets in his path. The composer emphasized the duality and contradictory of Don Giovanni. He is not only a punished libertine, as a majority of compositions present him, but also a strong personality who lives by his own rules.
The story of Don Giovanni gave Mozart a reason for raising the problem of a personality. His Don Giovanni personifies reckless courage, boundless energy, great optimism and love for life. It is cheerfulness that keeps the main secret of the hero’s charm. However, his egoism, violation of laws of honour and morality are the source of misfortune for everyone who Don Giovanni meets in his path. The composer emphasized the duality and contradictory of Don Giovanni. He is not only a punished libertine, as a majority of compositions present him, but also a strong personality who lives by his own laws.
“Ambivalence of Mozart has different levels of exposure. For example, Mozart defines the genre of the opera “Don Giovanni” as dramma giocosa (drama with jokes), which means a fusion of fundamentally different genres,” says conductor Yurii Bervetskyi.
A new production of the opera “Don Giovanni” was premiered in Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Solomiya Krushelnytska in 2018. The revived opera, which was included in the program Ukrainian Breakthrough of the general director and artistic director of the theatre Vasyl Vovkun, surprises the audience with its unique modern interpretation of the famous composition.
“The problem of Don Juanism raises the same timeless questions of human existence as the problem of Faust. The motivation of Faust’s struggle is to find a sublime state of life, but in “Don Giovanni”- is to follow the natural instincts and feelings, as the greatest values,” says director Vasyl Vovkun.
Opera “Don Giovanni” by W.A. Mozart was premiered in Lviv in 1790 – three years after its world premiere in Prague. After the City Theatre (Lviv Opera) was built, the opera was presented on a new stage.
In 2015 a joint project of Lviv Opera and Lviv National Music Academy named after Mykola Lysenko was launched and opera “Don Giovanni” was performed by talented students of the academy and was directed by People’s Artist of Ukraine Vasyl Vovkun.
Later, in 2018, the opera about the story of sin and punishment was restaged by Vasyl Vovkun in a modern interpretation.
We kindly invite you to visit one of the most popular operas by W.A. Mozart performed by soloists, choir, ballet and orchestra of Lviv National Opera.
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