Don Giovanni

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Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Opera in two acts

The director's version by Yuriy Alexandrov

Running time with one intermission: 3 hours 20 minutes

Music director and conductor -  Aleksandru SAMOILĂ

Director - People's Artist of Russia Yuriy Alexandrov

Set designer - People's Artist of Russia Vyacheslav Okunev

Choreographer - Honoured Artist of Russia Yuriy Vasyuchenko

Choirmaster - the Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine Leonid Butenko

Stage manager - Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine Natalia Grigor, Sergey Krasnykh

Premiered on April 28, 2012
Sung in Italian




This story has recently happened at a luxury hotel in one of the famous European resorts, which is extremely popular among so-called "elite" of the society.

A group of young people is sick and tired of paid women’s petting, fine cuisine, rare sorts of wine. The spiritual leader is  Ottavio - the keeper of the main principle of the "elite" - everything is possible and "all inclusive". So if all things are possible, why not amuse the friends – the reckless lovers Masetto and Zerlina, as well as his fiancée Anne and her valiant father Commander – with a merry adventure?  A new hotel guest, Don Giovanni, might be a good candidate to pull his leg.

His independent behavior and reckless gaiety irritate the resting gentlemen.

So the intrigue is born. We will be the witnesses and perhaps even the participants during the whole great opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.



Act One

Leporello is a companion, servant, secretary and biographer of Don Giovanni. He offers a stranger to get acquainted with the adventures of his master which he carefully records in his diary for a small fee. Risky adventures, hardships of nomadic life and - the most important - love stories are in this diary, too.
The stranger disappears, and Leporello becomes a witness of a heartbreaking scene. Don Giovanni has fun with the girls - carnal pleasure seekers and all of a sudden in one of them, who hides the face under the veil, he recognises "demure" Donna Anna, Don Ottavio’s fiancée.
The girl is in rage because she did not want to be recognized in order to to disguise her desire to have intimacy with Giovanni.
Hearing the daughter’s cry, Commander, armed with a sword burst into the room. A young lover has to defend himself. He finds a dagger that the stranger had inexplicably left. Everything happens very quickly and Commander falls dead.
Don Giovanni and Leporello flee the scene, but Anna comes there with Ottavio. To take revenge on Don Giovanni is the main aim of this couple.

A usual squabble between Don Giovanni and Leporello is interrupted by the appearance of a beautiful strange woman with a veil over the face. However, the heartthrob is disappointed –this woman, who is hiding her face, is his former lover Elvira; their passionate relationship was stormy, but not long - because the gentleman was constantly distracted by Elvira’s lovely maid. By the way, now she is near her lady, too.
Don Giovanni escapes in a hurry. Furious woman intends to pursue a lover, all the more the maid has slipped away with him.
Leporello stops Elvira offering her to read the list which is familiar to us: the one of Don Giovanni’s victims: she is neither the first nor the last...
A cheerful group of young people resting at the resort runs in the hall of the hotel. Masetto and Zerlina, who are celebrating their engagement, are among them.
Don Giovanni joins them and cordially invites a noisy company into his room. Zerlina pays her attention to the gallant gentleman and doesn't mind staying with him tet-a-tet. Masetto is furious; he insults Zerlina and leaves her. Thus he helps Don Giovanni seduce the girl. Zerlina makes the choice in favor of Don Giovanni, but at this moment Elvira appears. Both women are fighting for his attention and love. Elvira pursues a fleeing Zerlina.
Anna and Ottavio appear - a devilish game goes on. Don Giovanni and Anna artfully conceal that they were acquainted before Commander's death.
Tireless Elvirare appears again: she calls her ex-lover a hypocrite. Don Giovanni certifies her insane. Elvira is furious and rushes to Don Giovanni and ... stays in his arms.
Anna is gripped by jealousy and announces that Don Giovanni is the murderer of Commander. Her story is theatrical and has little resemblance to the truth, but Elvira is shocked: now she hates Don Giovanni for "insulted" Anna’s honour.
Donna Anna calmly goes away, leaving Don Ottavio alone with his ravaged soul.

Leporello tells enthusiastically his master that just in the midst of fun a disheveled Zerlina and behind her a feisty Elvira ran into their rooms.
Don Giovanni tells him with laugh that more fun is ahead. Leporello does not share Don Giovanni’s optimism.
Masetto and Zerlina sort out their relationship at lunch - the groom can not forgive the fiancée that on the day of their engagement she left him alone and went away with the first comer. Experienced Zerlina quickly finds the path to peace and harmony, but at that moment the voice of Don Giovanni is heard, he invites everyone to the carnival, which he arranges in honour of their friends Zerlina and Masetto. Seeing the embarrassment of his fiancee, Masetto feels another spasm of jealousy.

Carnival is in full swing. Figures in historic costumes float in the shadows of the hall, among them - Zerlina and Don Giovanni. They are followed by Masetto, who obviously has bad intentions. Seeing the jealous man, Don Giovanni is not embarrassed at all, jokes and offers Masetto and Zerlina to continue having fun.
Elvira, Anna and Ottavio enter the hall. They are in the carnival costumes and masks that hide them from the curious eyes. These three people are determined to take revenge on the murderer of the Commander.
Masetto warns Zerlina to be careful. Leporello is trying to divert attention of fairly tipsy Masetto from his master's courtship to Zerlina. Seizing the moment, Don Giovanni carries her into one of the rooms.
But Ottavio, Anna and Elvira are keeping eye on Don Giovanni, as well as Masetto who notices the absence of his fiancée.
All of a sudden Zerlina, who does not expect so sexually explicit actions from Don Giovanni in a such wrong situation, starts to shout. She escapes from the seducer and runs into the room, fainting in the arms of Masetto.
Don Giovanni follows her with a naked sword in his hand, he drags Leporello, claiming that it was Leporello who wanted to dishonor Zerlina.
Ottavio, Anna and Elvira require Don Giovanni to cut a comedy - the day of reckoning is coming. But there is no fear in the heart of Don Giovanni! He is ready to challenge everybody to the fight. Meanwhile he laughs and leaves furious avengers.


Act Two

On this very evening
Leporello, being indignant at his master's behaviour, who has disgraced him in front of the guests at the ball, refuses to serve him. His decision is firm, but ... Don Giovanni throws him a few coins and the servant returns in a good mood. However, not for a long time.
Don Giovanni declares Leporello that he wants Donna Elvira's maid at any price. To attain the goal, it is necessary to divert the mistress and change their clothes. Leporello will be Don Giovanni and Don Giovanni will turn into a servant for some time. And let chance decide! Leporello is forced to obey.
Then everything is going very well - and befuddled Elvira is in the arms of Leporello and frivolous maid is glad to have amorous adventures.
Don Giovanni, pleased with his plan, laughs and then sings a serenade.
Masetto is coming with friends – boon companions, armed slapdashly. He is looking for the seducer to punish him for the insulted Zerlina. Don Giovanni pretends to be his drunken servant, and even offers his assistance in punishing the offender.
But when everybody has gone, Don Giovanni takes away the weapon and beats Masetto. Hearing Masetto’s voice Zerlina runs immediately to him. The poor man tells her about the incident. Zerlina comforts her groom, binds up his wounds, but her thoughts are with Don Giovanni...

The outlines of the old cemetery are behind them ...

Elvira appears in the company of Leporello, who continues to play the role of his master. The woman is scared and asks her "lover" not to leave her on the cemetery. Leporello would be glad to get away, but he cannot - he is noticed by Ottavio and Anna, who have come to the tomb of Commander. Masetto and Zerlina are also here. All of them are deceived by the Don Giovanni 's clothes worn by Leporello and they are ready to kill the villain. Elvira begs to free her lover, but they do not listen to her. Terrified Leporello rips off his coat and hat, and deception is revealed. Avengers see not Don Giovanni but his servant.
Elvira is mocked and derided, Leporello runs away. Expressing contempt for Elvira, Anna leaves, Zerlina and Masetto follow her.
Ottavio remains alone with Elvira and immediately the true face of the "noble" avenger is revealed. Sarcastic and cynical, he is trying to take advantage of her weakness and to capture her. Elvira fights back: she is struck with his duplicity and begins to realize what danger really threatens Don Giovanni.

Don Giovanni and Leporello, fleeing from his pursuers, meet on a cemetery near the grave of Commander. Finally, they can change their clothes. Drawing attention to the statue Don Giovanni tells his servant to read the inscription on the monument. Leporello reads with horror: "I'm preparing requital for a dishonest murderer even in the grave." Laughing, Don Giovanni tells his servant to invite the statue to dinner. Leporello, trembling with fear, sends the invitation of Commander. The statue nods his head and says: "Yes." Don Giovanni is confused and retreats with Leporello away from the cemetery.
Finally, Anna and Ottavio are alone. They have strange feeling on the eve of the great mystery of marriage. It becomes clear what is happening in the dead souls of these hypocrites.
Here is Don Giovanni. He is in a good mood – let devil take the etiquette, prudish guests, fake smiles - simple, artless, loving people are next to him! And let them be not in a luxury room but in the filthy backyard - the lack of comfort will be filled in with sincere intercourse.
But Donna Elvira finds Don Giovanni even here. For the umpteenth time she accuses him of dissolute life and begs to stop. This time, Don Giovanni is glad to see her and invites her to join the glorious company. But despair does not leave Elvira, and she goes again.
Don Giovanni discovers with surprise that he is again in the same room where Commander was killed. Elvira's awful shriek of horror is heard. Here is Commander! Or is it his ghost with a dagger in the chest? The participants of a devilish game float around Don Giovanni like shadows. Yaking they welcome Commander with his revival. It is just a joke, an absolute joke. In addition, Commander offers Don Giovanni a goblet of wine, in which he has put a powder in front of a stunned libertine. Risk! Chances are equal!
Don Giovanni drinks and falls dead.


 An early morning
"Upper crust" company is confused - no one has expected such a final. It was not a poison! However, confusion passes quickly as the law -"all things are possible and all inclusive" has worked. Everybody is satisfied - the game was a great success. What a game!
Elvira appears - she could not save her lover and her grief has no limit. In horror, Leporello watches the body of his master, which is taken away by the indifferent servants. Who needs him now? However, the cheerful company acquires his records, but can money compensate the loss of a man who ... who ... is alive and cheerful! So, life goes on! The players are standing in emptiness and satiety waiting for the next intrigue. But Don Giovanni, surrounded by young beauties, continues his way as if nothing has happened.

  •  Don Giovanni, a young man craving for adventures (baritone) - Vasyl Dobrovolskiy
  • Donna Anna, Don Ottavio’s  fiancée (soprano) – People’s Artist of Ukraine Larysa Zuenko, Inga Martynova
  • Commander, Donna Anna’s father (bass) - People’s Artist of Ukraine Vasyl Navrotskyy, Sergey Uzun                                                                                            
  • Don Ottavio, a man without any problems (tenor) -  Honoured Artist of Ukraine Vladislav Goray, Oleg Zlakoman, Dmitro Mikheev
  • Donna Elvira, a woman abandoned by Don Giovanni (soprano) - Yulia Tereshchuk
  • Leporello, Don Giovanni's servant (bass) - People’s Artist of Ukraine Vasyl Navrotskyy, Honoured Artist of Ukraine  Dmitro Pavlyuk, Viktor Shevchenko
  • Masetto, a friend of Don Ottavio (baritone) - Yuriy Dudar, Dmitro Sebov, Ivan Flyak
  • Zerlina, Masetto’s girlfriend (soprano) - Alina Vorokh, Anastasia Golub, Nadia Sychuk

Choir, ballet artists, supernumeraries and orchestra of the theatre.

Conductor - People's Artist of the Republic of Moldova Alexandru Samoila, Valeriy Regrut

Cast for the next performance

 Cast 11th of August

  • Don Giovanni, a young man craving for adventures (baritone) - Vasyl Dobrovolskiy
  • Donna Anna, Don Ottavio’s  fiancée (soprano) – People’s Artist of Ukraine Larysa Zuenko
  • Commander, Donna Anna’s father (bass) - People’s Artist of Ukraine Vasyl Navrotskyy                                                                         
  • Don Ottavio, a man without any problems (tenor) -  Honoured Artist of Ukraine Vladislav Goray
  • Donna Elvira, a woman abandoned by Don Giovanni (soprano) - Yulia Tereshchuk
  • Leporello, Don Giovanni's servant (bass) - People’s Artist of Ukraine Dmitro Pavlyuk
  • Masetto, a friend of Don Ottavio (baritone) - Ivan Flyak
  • Zerlina, Masetto’s girlfriend (soprano) - Alina Vorokh

Choir, ballet artists, supernumeraries and orchestra of the theatre.

Conductor - Alexandru Samoila



About Stage Director Yuri Aleksandrov

People’s Artist of Russia,
stage director of The Mariinsky Theatre,
artistic director of The State Chamber Music Theatre St. Petersburg Opera

Yury Aleksandrov graduated from Leningrad State Conservatory as a pianist in 1974. In three years time he obtained one more diploma from the Faculty of Musical Directing.

Yury Aleksandrov joined The Mariinsky Theatre in 1978 and has been working as a stage director ever since. He has directed the following productions: Il Campanello and Don Pasquale by G. Donizetti, Il re pastore by Ch.Gluck, A Story of Kay and Gerda by S. Banevich , Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart , Mavra by Igor Stravinsky, Mazeppa by P. Tchaikovsky.

In 1987 Yury Aleksandrov founded The Chamber Music Theatre. A creative laboratory has grown up into the State Theatre St. Petersburg Opera.

In 1999 the opera Semen Kotko by Sergey Prokofiev under direction of Yury Aleksandrov was given the highest National Theatre Award The Golden Mask in the following nominations: The Best Opera Production, The Best Opera Director, The Best Opera Scenic Artist, The Best Opera Conductor. The operas Aida, Don Carlos and Othello by G. Verdi, The Nose by D. Shostakovich, The Tsar’s Bride by N. Rimsky- Korsakov brought up by Yury Alekandrov became significant events in the theatre life.

Mr. Aleksandrov contributed a lot to the opening of The K. Baisetova National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Astana, the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2000. Yury Aleksandrov was the first foreigner to be granted The State Prize of Kazakhstan and The Order of Friendship (Dostyk Order).

Yury Aleksandrov has put up more than 200 productions in the opera houses of the world.

At present Yury Aleksandrov is one of the most popular directors of the musical theatre. Just for the theatre season of 2005/2006 the director brought up 11 productions the most significant of which are Mazeppa by P. Tchaikovsky in Metropolitan Opera (The USA) and The Little Shoes (Cherevichki) by P. Tchaikovsky in the famous La Scala theatre (Italy). Turandot by Puccini under Yury Aleksandrov’s direction in the theatre Arena Di Verona is a unique case in the theatre world. It has been the first time in the theatre world when a foreign director was invited to put up an Italian opera in an Italian theatre.

In 2007 Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky brought to life by Yury Aleksandrov amazed the Polish audience. The performance was up on a huge stage of the theatre Hala Ludowa with the seating capacity of about 6,000 people (Wroclaw).

One of the most recent premier productions by Yury Aleksandrov is Prince Igor by A. Borodin in the New Opera theatre (Moscow). The performance made a big splash in Russia and is on with permanent full houses.

Maestro Aleksandrov has been heading the Chair for Musical direction in the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory since 2009.