Simon Keenlyside stars in the Met’s Live in HD Broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conducted by Fabio Luisi which will be transmitted live to more than two thousand screens in 70 countries around the world.
Likely to be one of the most popular operas of the new season, it will reach local screens on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:55p.m. The Running time will be approximately 3 hours 22 minutes, with just one intermission. In the Berkshires of Massachusetts you can hear the opera at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, and the Beacon Cinemas in Pittsfield. The host for the series is Joyce DiDonato.
Simon Keenlyside brings his acclaimed Don Giovanni to the Met’s Live in HD for the first time in Tony Award winner Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Byström as Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, and Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore.
Simon Keenlyside adds a new role to his Met repertory after singing Don Giovanni previously at the Zurich Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, El Teatre del Liceu, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He made his Met debut in 1996 as Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore followed by singing Olivier in Strauss’s Capriccio, Marcello in La Bohème, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, the title character in Thomas’s Hamlet, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, and Prospero in The Tempest. He will reprise the title role of Don Giovanni at the Vienna State Opera and Bilbao Opera following his time at the Met, as well as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro at La Scala, and the title roles of Macbeth and Golaud in Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande at the Vienna State Opera.
Hibla Gerzmava reprises the role of Donna Anna, which she has sung at the Vienna State Opera, Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Previous Met performances include her role debut as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello at the Met this past spring, Stella and Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Mimì in La Bohème, and Liù in Puccini’s Turandot. Recently, she sang Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Mimì in La Bohème at the Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre and Amelia Grimaldi in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Adam Plachetka adds a new role to his Met repertory singing Leporello in September and October. He made his Met debut in 2015 as Masetto, which he will reprise during the November 1, 4, and 10 performances and has also sung the role at the Salzburg Festival, Berlin State Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Later this year, Plachetka can be seen singing Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the title role of Don Giovanni and Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri at the Vienna State Opera, and Doctor Dulcamara and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Vienna State Opera and Royal Opera, Covent Garden respectively.
Malin Byström stars at Donna Elvira during the September 27 – October 22 performances, followed by singing the role of Donna Anna during the November 1 – 10 performances. She has previously sung Donna Elvira at the Royal Swedish Opera and Donna Anna at the Salzburg Festival and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. She made her Met debut in 2011 as Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust followed by singing the title role of Strauss’s Arabella. After her performances at the Met, she will sing the title characters in Janáček’s Jenůfa at the Royal Swedish Opera and Strauss’s Salome at the Dutch National Opera.
Synopsis – Don Giovanni
Seville, mid-18th century. Leporello, servant to the nobleman Don Giovanni, keeps watch outside the Commendatore’s home at night. Suddenly, the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna, rushes out, struggling with the masked Giovanni and followed by her father. The Commendatore challenges Giovanni to a duel and is killed. Giovanni and Leporello escape. Anna asks her fiancé, Don Ottavio, to avenge her father’s death.
In the morning, Giovanni and Leporello encounter one of Giovanni’s former conquests, Donna Elvira, who is devastated by his betrayal. Leporello tells her she is neither the first nor the last woman to fall victim to Giovanni and shows her his catalogue with the name of every woman Giovanni has seduced.
Peasants celebrate the marriage of Masetto and Zerlina. Giovanni flirts with the bride, telling her she is destined for a better life. But Elvira tells Zerlina to flee her suitor. She also warns Anna, who is still unaware of the identity of her father’s murderer and has asked Giovanni for help in finding the man. Giovanni, for his part, insists that Elvira is mad, and Anna and Ottavio wonder what to believe. As Giovanni leaves, Anna suddenly recognizes his voice as that of the murderer. Devastated but determined, she once more asks Ottavio to avenge her. He wonders how to restore her peace of mind. Giovanni, who has invited the entire wedding party to his home, looks forward to an evening of drinking and dancing.
Outside Giovanni’s home, Zerlina asks Masetto to forgive her. Giovanni enters and leads them both inside. Anna, Elvira, and Ottavio appear masked and are invited in by Leporello. In the ballroom, Giovanni dances with Zerlina, then tries to drag her into the adjoining room. When she cries for help, Giovanni blames Leporello. Anna, Elvira, and Ottavio take off their masks and, along with Zerlina and Masetto, accuse Giovanni, who is momentarily surprised but manages to slip away.
Having exchanged clothes with Giovanni, Leporello takes Elvira on a nighttime walk, leaving his master free to serenade her maid. When Masetto arrives with a band of peasants to hunt down Giovanni, the disguised Don sends them off in various directions, then beats up Masetto. Zerlina finds her bruised fiancé and comforts him.
Later that night, Leporello—still believed by Elvira to be Giovanni—is surprised by Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina, and Masetto, who all denounce the supposed Don. Fearing for his life, Leporello reveals his true identity before making his escape. Ottavio proclaims that he will take revenge on Giovanni and asks the others to look after Anna. Elvira thinks about Giovanni, whom she still loves in spite of everything.
In a cemetery, Giovanni and Leporello meet the statue of the Commendatore, who warns Giovanni that by morning he will laugh no longer. Giovanni forces the terrified Leporello to invite the statue to dinner. The statue accepts.
Once again, Ottavio asks Anna to marry him, but she replies that she will not until her father’s death has been avenged.
Elvira arrives at Giovanni’s home. She makes a last desperate attempt to persuade him to change his life, but he only laughs at her. The figure of the Commendatore enters and asks Giovanni to repent. When he boldly refuses he is consumed by flames. Elvira, Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina, Masetto, and Leporello appear, contemplating their futures and the fate of an immoral man.