Looks can be deceiving, as many learn painfully from the charming and dubious Don Giovanni. On this broadcast from the Houston Grand Opera, recorded last winter, Austrian baritone Adrian Eröd plays the legendary playboy, whose “little black book” holds thousands of names.
Donna Elvira (Veronika Dzhioeva), whom he abandoned three days after their hasty wedding, conspires with the scorned Donna Anna (Rachel Willis-Sørensen) and her betrothed Don Ottavio (Joel Prieto) to bring the rake to justice. Kyle Ketelsen plays the Don’s lackey Leporello; Malin Christensson is the innocent Zerlina, whose wedding to Masetto (Michael Sumuel) is threatened by Giovanni’s charms; Morris Robinson plays the omniscient Commendatore.
Houston Grand Opera Music Director Patrick Summers conducts.
Don Giovanni: Adrian Eröd
Leporello: Kyle Ketelsen
Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Donna Elvira: Veronika Dzhioeva
Don Ottavio: Joel Prieto
Zerlina: Malin Christensson
Masetto: Michael Sumuel
Commendatore: Morris Robinson
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Stage Director: Harry Silverstein
Chorus Director: Craig Kier
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus