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West Australian Opera Presents Don Giovanni by Mozart

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Let Don Giovanni seduce you too, in this stunning opera
Don Giovanni is possibly Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart's most rousing of operas. He wrote 22 operatic works from the age of 11 until his death aged 36 and Don Giovanni certainly features as one of his most popular. For the non opera fan, Don Giovanni, despite including some most beautiful and evocative arias, can leave you a little lost in terms of plot. To this end, it's a good idea to understand the basic story before you lose yourself in the music. It's a fast paced opera, with lots going on with Don masked in various scenes which adds to the enjoyment, but also the confusion. Add to the mix that the Don character shows every side and facet of emotion, from comedy to drama and tragedy and you can lose pace. Some homework will do you well here.

Don Giovanni
Handsome Don Giovanni gets his wicked way with most ladies. Image courtesy of WA Opera

Basic Story
If you know the story of the fictional seducer of women, Don Juan then you'll know the story of the one and the same Italian character Don Giovanni. In the briefest of overviews, Don Giovanni tries to seduce a girl from a noble family. When her father hears of this, he angers and seeks revenge, but is killed by Don Giovanni. Soon afterward, Don Giovanni is joined by the ghost of the slain man, who then warns Don of his impending death. Don Giovanni has a chance to repent for his sins, and his previous misdemeanours, but steadfastly (arrogantly) refuses to. His punishment; eternal damnation.

The Main Players:
Don Giovanni - seducer, womaniser, man of few morals
Leporello - Don Giovanni's loyal servant
Commendatore - Father of Donna Anna
Donna Anna - Daughter of Commendatore; Don Giovanni tries to seduce (and fails) in the first act. Betrothed to Don Ottavio
Masetto - A peasant (male) engaged to Zerlina
Zerlina - A peasant (female) engaged to Masetto. Don Giovanni takes a fancy to her and tries to unhinge their wedding.
Donna Elvira - Female lover of Don Giovanni who he abandons.

Tips for Opera Beginners
Buy a program so that you can understand a bit more about what is happening in each act. Familiarise yourself with who the main characters are.
The running order below will assist you in following what is happening and when:

Main Act - Act 1: 1 hour and 33 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Main Act Act 2 and Act 3: 1 hour and 33 minutes
(Act 2 runs straight into Act 3)

- Follow the surtitles if you can. These are a translation of the Italian language into English. However, importantly don't let following every word get in the way of just enjoying the music.
- If you already know the gist of the story, sitting back and enjoying the drama on stage will help the story come to life for you.

His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street Perth, WA.
Closest parking: His Majesty's Carpark via entry from Murray Street and Kings Street. Street parking may also be available.
Closest train station: Perth Underground, entrance Murray St.
For a location map click here.

Don Giovanni
Beautiful theatre, for a stunning Opera. Image Courtesy of His Majesty's Theatre

16th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th July at 19:30pm
23rd July at 13:30pm

Prices vary dependant upon how close to the action you want to be. Seat prices start at $28 (back of the Upper Circle) and go all the way up to $160 for the premium stalls position; right at the front of the theatre. To view a seating plan of His Majesty's Theatre, click here. Bookings can be made through Ticketek.

Avoid queueing at the interval for your refreshments (and there will be queues) by pre ordering your beverage selection. Once you've booked your tickets, fill in the pre order interval drinks form to make your evening flow even easier.

Don Giovanni
image courtesy of WA opera
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Why? To catch Mozart's greatest opera
When: July 2013
Phone: 61 8 9278 8999
Where: His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Murray Street, Perth, WA
Cost: Varies, from $28
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