Don Giovanni

Kyrgyz National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Bishkek

Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the National Theater (of Bohemia) on 29 October 1787. Da Ponte's libretto was billed as a dramma giocoso, a common designation of its time that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.

Don Giovanni will take place at the Kyrgyz National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater on January 27 at 17.00.

Ticket price – 100-450 som

Act 1
In the 17th century, in Spain, Don Giovanni is a legendary hero, Don Juan. He makes a move on any woman, and jilts his lovers. He has instructed his attendant, Leporello, to stand guard outside while he attempts to creep into the bedroom of Donna Anna. But, she makes a low scream. Though her father, the Commendatore comes to her assistance, Don Giovanni stabs him to death with a dagger, and he runs away with his attendant, Leporello.
However, Don Giovanni has no sense of remorse. He attempts to make a move on another woman passing on the street. But, this woman turns out to be his former lover, Donna Elvira. She gets angry at his behavior. Don Giovanni pushes her on Leporello, and he succeeds in escaping again.
Next target is a bride, Zerlina, who is a village girl and is marrying the farmer, Masetto. Don Giovanni attempts to seduce Zerlina on her wedding day. Just then, Donna Anna, Don Ottavio, the man she is engaged to, and Donna Elvira arrive. The three expose for the villain he is. He somehow survives this awkward situation, and runs away once again.

Act 2
Don Giovanni, who has yet to learn any lessons from these experiences, switches clothes with Leporello and leaves to attempt to seduce the other women. On the other hand, Leporello, who is dressed like his master, is caught and severely denounced by Donna Anna and the others.
Leporello runs for his life, and meets up with Don Giovanni in a graveyard. There is a stone statue of the Commendatore in the graveyard. Suddenly, the stone statue begins to talk to Don Giovanni in a scary voice, and puts pressure on him to repent his evil deeds. But, Don Giovanni ignores his advice, and he audaciously invites the stone statue to dinner.
That evening, while Don Giovanni is enjoying luxurious dinner, and perhaps to your surprise, the stone statue does appear. Don Giovanni tells him that he has never done any bad things. The stone statue pulls his hand, and leads him to hell.

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