Don Giovanni – UBC Opera – Matinee

Don Giovanni

 JUNE 20, 21, 22 — 7:30 P.M. | JUNE 23 — 2:00 P.M. THE OLD AUDITORIUM

This operatic classic tells the tale of the legendary Don Juan, opera’s most notorious bad boy. The suave, confident, and rather chauvinistic Don Juan (known in Italian as Don Giovanni) roams Europe pursuing women wherever he goes. In this opera his habits catch up to him when old and new flames alike unite to see him punished. Assisted by his attendant Leporello, a masked Don Giovanni is attempting to seduce Donna Anna when he is caught by her father, the Commendatore, and challenged to a duel.

When Don Giovanni wins the duel and kills the Commendatore, Anna and her fiancé Don Ottavio swear vengeance on the mysterious murderer. Meanwhile, Don Giovanni’s jilted ex-lover Donna Elvira has arrived, and interrupts his amorous advances with the newlywed Zerlina. Donna Elvira joins forces with Donna Anna, Don Ottavio, and Zerlina’s husband Masetto to take revenge on Don Giovanni.

While making his escape, Don Giovanni encounters the Commendatore’s statue in the graveyard and sarcastically invites him to dinner at his palace. To everyone’s surprise, the statue arrives, opening up the gates of hell and dragging the defiant Don Giovanni down to eternal damnation. A powerful tale of lust and retribution combined with thrilling music.

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