Don Giovanni

Wherever he goes, trouble follows.


Don Giovanni is a serial seducer, a flagrant hedonist with an outsized ego to match. But when the legendary playboy goes too far, his appetite for seduction could bring his downfall. Mozart’s smart and otherworldly take on Don Juan explores the darker side, delivering a brilliant flirtation between comedy and tragedy, lust and logic, pleasure and pain.

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Don Giovanni Program Articles

Don Giovanni Program Articles

Pushing Boundaries with Don Giovanni

Since the beginning, criticism of Mozart's opera and its Don Juan subject was never really over sex.

Beguiling Ambiguity

A Q&A with Don Giovanni director Jacopo Spirei.

Past Casts of "Don Giovanni"

Don Giovanni has been performed in 23 previous seasons at San Francisco Opera.


Ildebrando D’Arcangelo merges Giovanni's sensuality and sexual swagger, a rapacious appetite and an undeniable sense of entitlement with a vocal performance of dark, muscular sound and smooth Italianate phrasing.

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Two powerhouse bass-baritones, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (in the title role) and Erwin Schrott (as his servant) left no doubt that the world belongs to the powerful, libertine Don; everyone else just lives in it.

San Francisco Examiner

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo projected a sense of unbridled lust tempered by seductive allure.

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Bass-baritone Erwin Schrott was a brilliant Leporello. A gifted singing actor, Schrott shaded the role with robust vocalism and keen comic timing.

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Ana María Martinez gave a 'richly felt performance…she used her incisive bright tone, weapons-grade rolled “r’s” and lovestruck but unapologetic bearing to make Donna Elvira at once sympathetic and substantial.'

San Francisco Chronicle

Don Giovanni requires a strong, resourceful cast, and at Sunday afternoon’s opening performance at the War Memorial Opera House, a vibrant ensemble, which included several company debuts, brought it to life with impressively dynamic results.

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Soprano Erin Wall made a stunning Company debut as Donna Anna, soaring through the wronged noblewoman’s expressive coloratura flights with dramatic urgency.

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Conductor Marc Minkowski led a sumptuous account of Mozart’s score, one that emphasized its sleek contours and luxuriant beauties and supported each singer handsomely.

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Defiant to the end, a murderous lothario gets his just desserts.

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Cast & Creative

Don Giovanni Ildebrando D’Arcangelo*
Donna Anna Erin Wall*
Donna Elvira Ana María Martínez
Leporello Erwin Schrott *1
Leporello Erik Anstine *2
Don Ottavio Stanislas de Barbeyrac*
Zerlina Sarah Shafer
Masetto Michael Sumuel
The Commendatore Andrea Silvestrelli


June 4, 8, 11, 13, 16, 21, 24, and 30, 2017

Conductor Marc Minkowski*
Director Jacopo Spirei*
Projections and Scenic Adaptations Tommi Brem*
Costume Designer Andrea Viotti
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Original Set Designer Alessandro Camera
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

 * San Francisco Opera Debut

1 June 4, 8, 11, 13, 16, and 21

2 June 24 and 30

Previous performances of Don Giovanni can be found in our Archive

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by: John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn;
Joseph E. Padula*; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund and the Emerging Stars Fund; and Joan and David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund.


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Photo (top): Illustration by Matt Leunig. Design by Mission Minded.