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As part of the Royal Opera House's Olympic Programme, The Royal Opera stages a cycle of all three operas written by Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, beginning with the most fiery and flamboyant of them all: Don Giovanni. Pursued by his victims and their outraged relatives, the serial seducer of the title is intent on yet further sexual conquests. But his luck eventually runs out when the statue of a man he murdered invites itself for dinner. The double casting brings some familiar star names back to Covent Garden - Gerald Finley and Erwin Schrott share the title role - and some new ones, all under the musical direction of conductor Constantinos Carydis. Beautiful arias, disarming duets and dramatic ensembles characterize the range of Mozart's score, and irony and wit bring a sharp brilliance to a drama with serious undertones. Francesca Zambello's production teems with energy as Don Giovanni loves, charms, lies and fights his way through life on his way to final retribution. The flames of Hell take truly tangible form in a production with the heat turned right up in the music, the drama and on stage!

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