Gazzaniga's librettist, Giovanni Bertati had studied many of the 18th century Don Juan plays, and from them incorporated several elements, especially from the version by Moliere as well as features of teh story found in popular tradition. Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni Tenorio introduces four female 'victims': Donna Anna (who is to be found in Tirso's Spanish setting of the play), Donna Elvira and Maturina (from the version by Moliere) and Donna Ximena.
BONUS FEATURE:Wexing Lyrical - Some Days and Nights at the OperaThis documentary film sets out to capture some of the ingredients that go to make the Wexford Festival a unique blend of music and fun - a potent cocktail of high art and even higher jinks! The whole town takes on a special character, the music spills over into its many pubs, and its citizens join in with gusto. Visits to the Festival fring feature pianist Phillip Cassard and the Fairer Sax.
Written and presented by Ted Dolan
Miroslav KoppAndrea BoltonBalazs PokaNorman BaileyAlison BrownerAlan CemoreMalmfrid SandFinbar WrightJOan DaviesPhilip Doghan
Composer: Giuseppe GazzanigaLibretto: Giovanni Bertati
Wexford Festival ChorusRadio Telefis Eireann Symphony OrchestraConductor: Simon Joly
Director: Patrick MasonDesigner: Joe VanekLighting: Paul PyantDirected for video: Louis Lentin
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