8 Dec 2019

MOZART: Don Giovanni, Act 2

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 8 December 2019

Don Giovanni lives for one thing – women! He seduces compulsively and unrepentantly, while his long-suffering servant Leporello maintains the catalogue.

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Robert Gledow (Leporello) and Richard Šveda (Don Giovanni)

Robert Gledow (Leporello) and Richard Šveda (Don Giovanni) Photo: ex video stream, APO/JX Live

Donna Elvira ... Brigitta Kele
Donna Anna ... Ekaterina Siurina
Zerlina ... Natasha Wilson
Don Giovanni ... Richard Šveda
Leporello ... Robert Gleadow
Masetto ... Morgan Pearse
Don Ottavio ... Adam Frandsen
Commendatore ... Pelham Andrews

Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus,
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Giordano Bellincampi

The second act begins with Giovanni swapping clothes with Leporello so the Don can seduce Elvira's maid.

Masetto enters in pursuit of Giovanni, mistakes him for Leporello and receives a beating for his troubles. Zerlina appears and soothes his pain.

Meanwhile, fooled by Leporello's disguise, the ever-forgiving Elvira is on hand to plead for Giovanni's life when Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina and Masetto threaten it.

The terrified Leporello reveals his identity and flees.

Servant and Master meet in the graveyard where the statue of the murdered Commendatore interrupts their chat with a threat of comeuppance. Leporello is terrified; Giovanni not so and he invites the statue to dinner.

In the dining room of Giovanni’s palace, Elvira makes a last ditch effort to persuade her former lover to repent. He mocks her.

As she leaves, the Stone Guest arrives. Don Giovanni grasps the statue’s hand, which is ice cold. Still, Giovanni refuses to repent. He descends into the flames of hell.

The other characters re-enter and sing the story’s moral - that such is the end which befalls evildoers.

Recorded by RNZ in Auckland Town Hall, 19 July 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd
Sound Engineer: Adrian Hollay

Video production by JXLive