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On Saturday October 16 1999 the Marsee auditorium played host to the San Francisco Opera and their production of Don Giovanni The San Francisco Opera features the worlds major operatic talents in its annual season The San Francisco Opera Center represents a new era in which young artists of major operatic potential can develop through intensive training and performance Fortunately for the people of Southern California these professionals came to us Don Giovanni a classic opera created by Mozart was performed to its full potential from beginning to end The play opens with the audiences favorite and most humorous character Leporello who is Don Giovannis servant serving watch for his master as he tries to court Donna Anna the daughter of the Commendatore To understand Don Giovanni we must understand his views on women and his views on himself He is an arrogant man who tries to sleep with as many women as he possibly can He sees women as majestic charming but will show love to them only if they fall for his intensive courting abilities While trying to seduce Donna Anna she summons her father the Commendatore who rushes to her defense The two begin in a duel in which Don Giovanni slays the old man Upon seeing her dead father Donna Anna and her fianc Don Ottavio vows death as the only revenge The next morning Leporello and Giovanni run into a celebration a young couple that is going to be married The couple Masetto and Zerlina along with their friends are invited to Don Giovannis house for a celebration However Giovanni has the intentions of celebrating alone with Zerlina who falls for his woes only until Elivra interrupts Giovannis game and denounces him taking Elvira away After realizing that Giovanni is infact her fathers killer Donna Anna calls for vengeance once again Meanwhile back at the party while everyone is enjoying themselves Don Giovanni again tries to seduce Zerlina only
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