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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

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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours, 20 minutes with one intermission

Who Should See It

Great for date night and first-time operagoers. Fans of Mozart, Don Juan and Amadeus. 

Pre-Opera Talks

Pre-Opera Talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the Orchestra section, 55 minutes prior to curtain.

Open Curtain Intermission 

On June 30 our curtain will remain open during intermission as a staff member narrates the live set changeover. 

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Sunday 06/04/17 2:00PM * Buy Tickets
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Saturday 06/24/17 7:30PM Buy Tickets
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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

The Buzz

"Ana María Martínez may be the best Donna Elvira I have ever seen."

Opera News

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo “projects a swaggering confidence and dangerous sex appeal that act like a powerful audience magnet.”

Los Angeles Times 

Marco Vinco has “a virtuoso display of darkly gleaming tone and comedic resourcefulness.”

San Francisco Chronicle


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


May 31–July 1, 2017

La Bohème

June 10–July 2, 2017

2017–18 Season

September 8–December 10, 2017

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.