Washington National Opera

Don Giovanni

Opera House

A notorious lover meets his ultimate fiery punishment in Mozart’s celebrated tragicomedy. He’s spent his life betraying women. Now time’s up.

Feb. 29 - Mar. 22, 2020

  • Genre


  • Price Range

    $45.00 – $299.00

  • Runtime

    Approx. 3 hours

Photo by Cade Martin.


He’s spent his life betraying women. Now time’s up.

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

In Italian with Projected English Titles
WNO Production

Charming but predatory and manipulative, Don Giovanni is a lover so notorious that his reputation precedes him. He’s eager to add to the rambling list of women he has already enticed. But when Don Giovanni forces himself on Donna Anna, his devious antics dig him deeper and deeper into trouble. As the discarded women of his past unite to speak out against their offender, Don Giovanni seems destined to meet his ultimate fiery fate.

How should a society punish a man who functions under his own malevolent moral code? Often considered the greatest opera ever composed, Mozart’s masterpiece combines comedy, drama, and supernatural elements to capture the downfall of a serial womanizer. From its thrilling overture to its breathtaking final scene, Don Giovanni explores issues of amorality, power, and justice that are just as relevant to today as to Mozart’s time.

Performance Timing: Act One - 84 mins.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act Two - 74 mins


Don Giovanni:
Ryan McKinny
Donna Anna:
Vanessa Vasquez*
Donna Elvira:
Keri Alkema†
Don Ottavio:
Alek Shrader
Kyle Ketelsen
The Commendatore:
Peter Volpe
Vanessa Becerra
Norman Garrett†

† Alumnus of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
* WNO Debut

Creative Team

Pre- and Post-Show Events

Come early for a Pre-Performance Talk

Delve deeper as you take a peek inside the composer’s mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of the production that is being discussed in the lecture.

Most Pre-Performance Talks begin 1 hour before the performance and last 25–30 minutes. 

 Musicologist Saul Lilienstein’s talk is scheduled for Wed., Mar. 11, beginning 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes.

Post-Performance Artist Q&A

Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

Don Giovanni Artist Q&A Dates:
Mon., Mar. 2
Sun., Mar. 8

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Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.

David M. Rubenstein is the Presenting Underwriter of WNO.

WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.

WNO's Presenting Sponsor


Don Giovanni is a production of the Clarice Smith Opera Series.

Generous support for WNO Italian Opera is provided by Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello.

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All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

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