Don Giovanni

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, February 2, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 2:00 pm

Season Sponsor
City of San Diego

Production Sponsor
Dr. Leon Lachman

Artist Sponsors
Anne and Andy McCammon for Ethan Vincent
Janet and Jonathan White for Tasha Koontz

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Considered to be a perfect opera, this tale of seduction and revenge features stunning visuals and the orchestra onstage heightening Mozart’s glorious music.


We showcase Mozart’s incredible score by placing the San Diego Symphony Orchestra front and center.

Surrounded by fully staged and costumed singers and state-of-the-art theater lighting and projections, this new production provides a complete and stunning visual and auditory experience.

San Diego Opera’s Principal Conductor Yves Abel returns to lead the action, which features the exciting house debut of baritone Germán Enrique Alcántara in the title role.

LANGUAGE – Sung in Italian with English and Spanish text projected above the stage

RUN TIME – 3 hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission

Pre-Opera Talk

The pre-opera talk begins at 6:40 pm before the 7:30 pm Friday evening performance. The Sunday matinee pre-opera talk begins at 1:10 pm before the 2:00 pm curtain.

Mainstage Post-Opera Talk-Back

Stay after the Sunday matinee performance for a Talk-Back. Once the curtain falls, there will be a 10-minute break, then join us in the front of the Dress Circle section where you can ask questions of the stars and cast (subject to availability), and find out what really happened onstage and backstage during the performance!

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Germán Enrique Alcántara
Don Giovanni

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Tasha Koontz
Donna Anna

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Megan Moore
Donna Elvira

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Alex McKissick
Don Ottavio

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Ethan Vincent

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Ashley Fabian

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Yves Abel

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Kyle Lang
Stage Director

Synopsis in English

Late at night, Don Giovanni’s servant Leporello is keeping watch when his master, Don Giovanni, rushes out of a house pursued by Donna Anna. Her father, the Commendatore, rushes out to defend her ensuing a duel with Giovanni who slays the old man and flees. Anna returns with Don Ottavio, her fiancé, and the two swear revenge. In the early morning, Giovanni’s jilted lover Donna Elvira searches for him. Servant and master spy on her and when they all meet, Giovanni talks his way out of trouble and escapes, leaving Leporello to explain his master’s philandering ways.

Later, Giovanni and Leporello hap¬pen upon the nuptial celebration of Masetto and Zerlina. The latter excites Giovanni’s fancy, but his seduction of her is interrupted by Elvira, who sweeps Zerlina away. Anna and Ottavio arrive, not yet recognizing Giovanni as the murderer. When Elvira interrupts again, Giovanni attempts to pass off her hysterics as madness and leaves to “help” Elvira in her distress. Anna soon realizes the truth and calls for vengeance. Not in the least deterred, Gio¬vanni orders Leporello to prepare a lavish party for all the neighbors. He renews his wooing of Zerlina, but her sharp-eyed fiancé intervenes.

As Giovanni leads the young couple into the villa, Anna, Ottavio, and Elvira enter wearing masks and are quickly invited by the master to join the festivities. With the party in full swing, Giovanni leads Zerlina into an adjoining room. Her cries, however, bring everyone to her aid. Giovanni tries to make Leporello seem like the offending villain, but no one is taken in. The three guests unmask and Don Gio¬vanni’s adventures seem at an end, but by a sudden intervention, he once again escapes his accusers.


Later that evening Don Giovanni soothes a disgruntled Lep¬orello and hatches his latest plot, this one aimed at Elvira’s maid and requiring master and servant to exchange clothes. Elvira is lured away by the man she thinks is her beloved, and the real Giovanni is left to serenade the maid. Just then an armed Masetto and his followers arrive in search of the fugitive. The supposed Lep¬orello sends them off in all directions, disarms Masetto, and beats him. Leporello, still disguised as Don Giovanni, is trying to escape when Anna, Ottavio, Masetto, and Zerlina converge upon him. Leporello reveals his identity, confusing everyone, and escapes.

Later that night, Giovanni and Leporello have sought refuge in a cemetery. Their conversation is interrupted by a ghostly voice from the statue over the Commendatore’s grave. In response to a doomful warning, Giovanni orders Leporello to invite the statue to his villa for a pre-dawn supper. The invitation is accepted, and the two return to the villa to prepare. Ottavio seeks to console Anna, suggesting marriage. Temporarily rejected, he charges Anna with cruelty. Anna protests her love and begs for patience. Giovanni eats supper while a wind band serenades him with popular tunes of the day.
Elvira rushes in resolved to forgive Giovanni and tries to persuade him to change his ways. He cruelly taunts her, and she leaves in despair. Moments later, her terrified scream is heard and Leporello rushes to see what is wrong. He returns in terror, announcing the arrival of the statue of the Commendatore. In deadly jest, the Commendatore asks if Giovanni will dine with him, and the arrogant Giovanni accepts. The Commendatore demands repeatedly that Giovanni repent his sins, but he is refused. Finally, Don Giovanni meets his death.

Sinopsis en Español


Entrada la noche, Leporello, el sirviente de Don Giovanni está vigilando cuando su amo, Don Giovanni, sale corriendo de una casa perseguido por Donna Anna. Su padre, el Comendador, sale corriendo para defenderla y se desata un duelo entre Giovanni y el anciano, a quien Giovanni mata y luego huye. Anna regresa con Don Ottavio, su prometido, y los dos juran venganza. En la madrugada, Donna Elvira, la amante abandonada de Giovanni, lo busca. El sirviente y el amo la espían y cuando todos se encuentran, Giovanni se las arregla para salir del problema y escapa dejando a Leporello para explicar las andanzas de su amo.

Después, Giovanni y Leporello se encuentran con la celebración nupcial de Masetto y Zerlina. Esta última atrae la atención de Giovanni, pero su seducción es interrumpida por Elvira, quien se lleva a Zerlina. Anna y Ottavio llegan sin reconocer aún a Giovanni como el asesino. Cuando Elvira interrumpe nuevamente, Giovanni intenta hacer pasar sus histerias como locura y se va a “ayudar” a Elvira en su angustia. Anna pronto se da cuenta de la verdad y clama por venganza. Sin embargo, Giovanni ordena a Leporello que prepare una fiesta fastuosa para todos los vecinos. Vuelve con su cortejo a Zerlina, pero su astuto prometido interviene.

Al momento que Giovanni guía a la joven pareja hacia la villa, Anna, Ottavio y Elvira entran con máscaras y son invitados rápidamente por el amo a unirse a la fiesta. Con la fiesta en pleno apogeo, Giovanni lleva a Zerlina a una habitación contigua. Sin embargo, sus gritos llaman la atención de todos, quienes acuden a su ayuda. Giovanni intenta hacer pasar a Leporello como el villano ofensor, pero nadie se deja engañar. Los tres invitados se quitan las máscaras y parece que las aventuras de Don Giovanni han llegado a su fin, pero mediante una intervención repentina, una vez más, escapa de sus acusadores.


Más tarde, Don Giovanni tranquiliza a un disgustado Leporello y trama su último plan, esta vez dirigido a la criada de Elvira y requiriendo que amo y sirviente intercambien ropas. Elvira es atraída por el hombre que cree que es su amado, y el verdadero Giovanni se queda para serenatear a la criada. En ese momento, un armado Masetto y sus seguidores llegan en busca del fugitivo. El supuesto Leporello los manda en distintas direcciones, desarma a Masetto y lo golpea. Leporello, aún disfrazado como Don Giovanni, intenta escapar cuando Anna, Ottavio, Masetto y Zerlina lo rodean. Leporello revela su identidad, confundiendo a todos, y escapa.

Más tarde esa noche, Giovanni y Leporello se han refugiado en un cementerio. Su conversación es interrumpida por una voz fantasmal proveniente de la estatua sobre la tumba del Comendador. En respuesta a una advertencia funesta, Giovanni ordena a Leporello invitar a la estatua a su villa para una cena antes del amanecer. La invitación es aceptada y regresan a la villa para prepararse. Ottavio busca consolar a Anna, sugiriendo matrimonio. Temporalmente rechazado, acusa a Anna de crueldad. Anna protesta su amor y ruega por paciencia. Giovanni cena mientras una banda de viento lo serenatea con melodías populares de la época.

Elvira irrumpe resuelta a perdonar a Giovanni e intenta persuadirlo de que cambie sus formas. Él la provoca cruelmente y ella se va desesperada. Momentos después, se escucha su grito aterrorizado y Leporello corre a ver qué sucede. Regresa espantado anunciando la llegada de la estatua del Comendador. En una broma mortal, el Comendador pregunta si Giovanni cenará con él, y el arrogante Giovanni acepta. El Comendador exige repetidamente que Giovanni se arrepienta de sus pecados, pero él se niega. Finalmente, Don Giovanni encuentra su muerte.

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