Opera 100: An opera synopsis in just one hundred words!
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Mozart: Don Giovanni [Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni]
...one hundred word synopsis by Alexander Campbell
The disguised Don Giovanni kills Donna Anna’s father, the Commendatore, whilst attempting his 2066th seduction! Fleeing with his servant Leporello he encounters the embittered Donna Elvira, a former conquest still besotted with him. She interrupts his pursuit of Zerlina, a country girl engaged to Masetto, and prompts an unwitting revelation of his true identity to Donna Anna and her fiancé Don Ottavio. Collectively they attempt to unmask him at a ball, but master and servant elude them. Hiding in a cemetery Giovanni jokingly invites the Commendatore’s statue to dinner. It accepts, duly appears and drags the unrepentant libertine to hell.