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Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky performs "Fin ch'han dal vino."
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Featuring one of the world's most sensational young baritones, Russia's Dmitri Hvorostovsky, this inspired adaptation of "Don Giovanni" retells the Mozart masterpiece from the point of view of Don Giovanni's servant, Leporello. Taking the form of a film within a film, DON GIOVANNI UNMASKED is simultaneously set in two separate eras -- 1930s Hollywood and 17th-century Spain. When it opens in 1930, Leporello is presented as the host of a movie that reveals the long-standing secret of his master's identity in 1620 Seville. Through the intricate use of special visual effects, Hvorostovsky performs both roles of Leporello and Don Giovanni, transcending time and space to offer a tantalizing new perspective on Don Giovanni and his ultimately tragic romantic escapades.

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Learn more about what makes this film adaption of Mozart's opera unique; the impact of the central figure of the opera -- Don Giovanni -- on the other characters within the work; and the composer's struggle for recognition during his short but accomplished life.

Click here to explore the Web companion for this program, which originally aired on April 6, 2001.



Top banner photos: The finale of DON GIOVANNI UNMASKED; Don Giovanni (Dmitri Hvorostovsky) and Donna Elvira (Barbara Dunn-Prosser); Leporello (Hvorostovsky).

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Leporello (Hvorostovsky) with Donna Elvira (Dunn-Prosser).

Cast of DON GIOVANNI UNMASKED

The cast of DON GIOVANNI UNMASKED.