Opera Scotland

Don Giovanni

Tours by decade

1830s - 1 tour

1832 - De Begnis Italian Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1850s - 1 tour

1854 - Mr Wood's Edinburgh Italian Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1860s - 2 tours

1870s - 4 tours

1870 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1873 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1874 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1874 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1880s - 5 tours

1885 - Sydney Hill's Royal English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1887 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1889 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1890s - 5 tours

1890 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1890 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1896 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1900s - 5 tours

1905 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1906 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Concert performance
1907 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1910s - 5 tours

1910 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1913 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1915 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1918 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1930s - 2 tours

1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1935 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1940s - 1 tour

1948 - Glyndebourne Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1950s - 5 tours

1951 - Glyndebourne Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1955 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1956 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1957 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1958 - Touring Opera 58
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1960s - 9 tours

1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1964 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1965 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1965 - Edinburgh Festival Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1967 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
1968 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1968 - Tayside Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1968 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
1969 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment

1970s - 8 tours

1970 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1971 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1973 - Edinburgh Festival Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1974 - Edinburgh Festival Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1975 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1976 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1976 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1979 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1980s - 2 tours

1985 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1989 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1990s - 4 tours

1990 - Perth Festival Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1992 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1995 - Edinburgh International Festival
Concert performance
1995 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2000s - 4 tours

2001 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2002 - English Touring Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2006 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2008 - English Touring Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2010s - 18 tours

2010 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Study Programme
2010 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Concert performance
2011 - Opera Project
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2011 - Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Cinema Screening
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Cinema Screening
2013 - Scottish Opera
Pre-show Talk
2013 - Edinburgh Grand Opera
Concert performance
2013 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2013 - #OperaCo
Concert performance
2013 - Scottish Opera
Opera Unwrapped
2014 - Royal Opera
Cinema Screening
2014 - Opera East Lothian
Concert of Excerpts
2015 - Royal Opera
Cinema Screening
2016 - English Touring Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2016 - Heritage Opera
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2016 - Heritage Opera
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2017 - Edinburgh International Festival
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2017 - VoiceArc
Concert performance

Tours by location

Scotland, UK - 140 entries

1832 - De Begnis Italian Opera Company
Edinburgh
1854 - Mr Wood's Edinburgh Italian Opera
Edinburgh
1867 - Madame Lancia's Grand English Opera Company
Glasgow
1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Aberdeen
1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Dundee
1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Kilmarnock
1870 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Dundee
1873 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Edinburgh
1874 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Glasgow
1874 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1885 - Sydney Hill's Royal English Opera Company
Dundee
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1887 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1887 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1889 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1890 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Dundee
1890 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1896 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1896 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1905 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1906 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1907 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1907 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1910 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1910 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1913 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1915 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1915 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1918 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1918 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1935 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1948 - Glyndebourne Opera
Edinburgh
1951 - Glyndebourne Opera
Edinburgh
1955 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1956 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1956 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1957 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1958 - Touring Opera 58
Glasgow
1958 - Touring Opera 58
Aberdeen
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Aberdeen
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1964 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1964 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1965 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1965 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1965 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1965 - Edinburgh Festival Opera
Edinburgh
1968 - Tayside Opera
Dundee
1968 - Tayside Opera
Kirkcaldy
1968 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1970 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1970 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1970 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1971 - Scottish Opera
Stirling
1971 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1971 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1973 - Edinburgh Festival Opera
Edinburgh
1974 - Edinburgh Festival Opera
Edinburgh
1975 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1976 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1976 - Scottish Opera
Kelso
1976 - Scottish Opera
Elgin, Moray
1976 - Scottish Opera
Oban, Argyll
1976 - Scottish Opera
Dundee
1976 - Scottish Opera
Kirkcaldy
1976 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1976 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1979 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1985 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1989 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1989 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1989 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1990 - Perth Festival Opera
Perth
1992 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1992 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
1992 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1992 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1995 - Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
1995 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1995 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2001 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2001 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2001 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2001 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2002 - English Touring Opera
Perth
2006 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2006 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2008 - English Touring Opera
Perth
2010 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Edinburgh
2010 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Edinburgh
2010 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Glasgow
2011 - Opera Project
Culross, near Dunfermline
2011 - Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Aberdeen
2011 - Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Edinburgh
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Dundee
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Aberdeen
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Galashiels
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Edinburgh
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Glasgow
2013 - Edinburgh Grand Opera
Edinburgh
2013 - #OperaCo
Edinburgh
2013 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2013 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2013 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2013 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2013 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2013 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2013 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2013 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2013 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2013 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2013 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2013 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2014 - Royal Opera
Inverness
2014 - Royal Opera
Thurso, Caithness
2014 - Royal Opera
Berwick-upon-Tweed
2014 - Royal Opera
Aberdeen
2014 - Opera East Lothian
North Berwick
2015 - Royal Opera
Aberdeen
2016 - Heritage Opera
Aberdeen
2016 - English Touring Opera
Perth
2016 - Heritage Opera
Ayr
2017 - VoiceArc
Edinburgh
2017 - Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh

England, UK - 17 entries

1968 - Scottish Opera
Clitheroe, Lancashire
1969 - Scottish Opera
Totnes, Devon
1975 - Scottish Opera
Aldeburgh
1975 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1975 - Scottish Opera
Leeds
1976 - Scottish Opera
Barrow-in-Furness
1976 - Scottish Opera
Darlington
1976 - Scottish Opera
Crewe
1976 - Scottish Opera
Doncaster
1976 - Scottish Opera
Liverpool
1976 - Scottish Opera
Sunderland
1979 - Scottish Opera
London
1985 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1989 - Scottish Opera
Oxford
1989 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1992 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1995 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Northern Ireland, UK - 1 entry

Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (born Salzburg, 27 January 1756; died Vienna, 5 December 1791)

Text
Lorenzo da Ponte.

Source
Several works, especially the libretto Don Giovanni Tenorio (1787) by Giovanni Bertati, set by Gazzaniga.

Premières
First performance: Prague (National Theatre), 29 October 1787.
First UK performance: London (King’s Theatre, Haymarket), 12 April 1817.
First performance in Scotland: (tbc)
Scottish Opera première: Glasgow (King’s Theatre), 16 May 1964.

Background
Mozart was commissioned to produce a new opera to follow the success of the first Prague performance of The Marriage of Figaro, and he and da Ponte worked very rapidly on the collaboration. Of all operas, this is one of the most endlessly fascinating, and one of the most difficult to get right, with rapid alternations of dark drama with outrageous comedy. The situations centre on Giovanni’s last day on earth, and his several attempts, all apparently unsuccessful, to seduce the various women he meets. Its impact can vary hugely, depending on how the various characters are interpreted, so even a minor character like Ottavio can vary from ineffectual elderly fop to grim young Jacobean avenger. While Giovanni is usually played young, and the first interpreter of the part was only 22, he may be presented equally well as a middle-aged man losing his touch.

Characters
The Commendatore, an elderly aristocrat (bass)
Donna Anna, his daughter (soprano)
Don Giovanni, a young aristocrat (baritone)
Leporello, his servant (bass)
Don Ottavio, engaged to Donna Anna (tenor)
Donna Elvira, a lady from Burgos (soprano)
Zerlina, a peasant girl (soprano)
Masetto, her intended (bass)

Plot Summary
The setting is 17th century Seville. At night, Leporello waits in the garden of the Commendatore. His master is inside attempting to seduce, or perhaps rape, Anna. Giovanni comes out, still masked, and pursued by the lady, and the noise rouses her father, who challenges Giovanni and is killed. Anna and Ottavio swear vengeance. Leporello and Giovanni are interrupted by the arrival of Elvira, who has crossed Spain in pursuit of her seducer. She later rescues a newly married Zerlina from a similar fate by explaining Giovanni’s character. At last Anna recognizes Giovanni as her attacker, and when he hosts a wedding party for the peasantry she, Elvira and Ottavio denounce him, but he escapes again.

After a further attempted seduction, this time of Elvira’s maid, Giovanni finds himself with Leporello in the cemetery where the Commendatore has been buried. His statue makes its presence felt, terrifying Leporello, but Giovanni invites it to join him at supper. Giovanni is next seen dining alone, served by Leporello, and rejecting Elvira for a final time. She and Leporello are terrified by the sight of the statue of the Commendatore, arriving to accept the supper invitation. Giovanni, defiant to the last, is dragged down to hell. The surviving characters assure us that all bad people end up that way.

The Cast

Commendatore
 an elderly aristocrat
Don Giovanni
 a young nobleman
Don Ottavio
 engaged to Anna
Donna Anna
 the Commendatore's daughter
Donna Elvira
 a lady from Burgos
Leporello
 Giovanni's servant
Masetto
 a peasant, engaged to Zerlina
Zerlina
 a peasant girl

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