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Don Giovanni
Opera Conservatory Performance
About the Show

Dramma giocoso in two acts

Music by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Chautauqua Opera Conservatory’s production is directed by John Giampietro and conducted by Julius Abrahams.

DIrector's Note

Don Giovanni is an energy. Don Giovanni is an elemental force that leads us to the darkest places of our soul and to the heights of pleasurable discovery.  Then, after we have been assaulted, manipulated and betrayed by this force we are faced with a choice. Do we bind ourselves and our destinies to vengeance or do we break the menacing cycle of destruction that the Giovanni unleashes on the world. How much control do we have as this power drives through our lives? 

Cast, Creative, Orchestra, & Production


Don Giovanni: Philip Stoddard
Leporello: Jared Werlein
Donna Anna: Georgiana Adams - 7/20; Whitney Campbell - 7/22
Il Commendatore: Fernando Watts
Don Ottavio: Adam Catangui
Donna Elvira: Alexis Reed - 7/20; Allison Fahey - 7/22
Zerlina: Shan Hai - 7/20; Kerrigan Bigelow - 7/22
Masetto: Fabian Balkhausen - 7/20; Nan Wang - 7/22


Jackson Allen
James Allen
Fabian Balkhausen
Phoebe Chee
Juliette Di Bello
Henry Griffin
Reed Gnepper
Jaimie Langner
Katherine Malone
Nan Wang
Fernando Watts


Stage Director: John Giampietro
Conductor: Julius Abrahams
Music Preparation: Jinhee Park
Pianist: Chris Staknys
Italian Diction: Claudia Catania

Opera Conservatory orchestra, members of the MSFO:

Piano: Chris Staknys, Jinhee Park
Violin: Jonathan Fenwick
Cello: Kyle Pinzon
Double Bass: Jose Saavedra Diaz
Flute: Sergio Miragliotta
Bassoon I: Demetra Alikakos
Bassoon II: Peter Ecklund
Horn: Joel Rodeback

Leadership & Staff

Director of Opera Conservatory: Marlena Malas

Conservatory Faculty:
Dominic Armstrong
Elizabeth Bishop
Jonathan Beyer
Claudia Catania
Rhoslyn Jones
Liza Armistead
Martin Dube
Maxine Davis
John Giampietro
Donna Gill
Kanae Matsumoto
Jinhee Park
Matthew Rose
Christopher Staknys
Shiyu Tan
Yueqi Zhang


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 urges 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.

Act II:
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.

Special Thanks


The Chautauqua Opera Company
Steven Osgood
J.P. Woodey
Michael Baungarten
B.G. FitzGerald
The Lenna Crew
Joseph Futral
Sarah Malinoski-Umberger
Suzanne Fassett-Wright
Timothy Muffit
Joe and Toni Goldfarb
Donna Gill
Matthew Rose
Maxine Davis
Hale and Judy Oliver
Ethan Hines
Taylor Brennan