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Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Isabel Leonard, Angela Meade, Matthew Polenzani, Marina Rebeka, Erwin Schrott, Ramón Vargas, and Rolando Villazón. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct.

This opera is remarkably timely given its setting in feudal Europe prior to the French Revolution, where crime committed by the rich and powerful go unpunished. Don Giovanni, a notorious lech and rapist, attempts to carry off the virginal Donna Anna against her will, and kills her elderly father in cold blood after he is caught. However, Giovanni escapes with his identity hidden by a mask, and Donna Anna is filled with a lust for vengeance against the masked attacker, and even spurns the advances of the kind Ottavio who truly cares for her.

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