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On this week's opera house I'm pleased to present the "other" version of the Don Juan legend: Giuseppe Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni, which had its premiere in Venice eight months before Mozart's Don Giovanni premiered in Prague. A one-act drama giocoso, its libretto by Giovanni Bertati formed the basis of Lorenzo Da Ponte's book for Mozart. The material and the character of Don Juan originated in Spain, and the first literary formulation is Tirso de Molina's 1630 play El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra (The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest).

With his manservant Pasquariello (bass Jean-Luc Chaignaud) keeping watch outside, Don Giovanni (tenor John Aler) attempts to seduce Donna Anna (soprano Eva Steinsky). Anna's father, the Commendatore (bass Günter von Kannen), challenges Giovanni to a duel and is killed. Ottavio (tenor Robert Swensen), Anna's fiancé, swears vengeance. Meanwhile Giovanni encounters his old lover, Donna Elvira (soprano Pamela Coburn). As Giovanni woos Donna Ximena (soprano Margit Kinzel), Pasquariello gives Elvira a detailed account all his master's amorous conquests.

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