Leporello is waiting outside the Commendatoreґs house for his master, Don
Giovanni, who has slipped clandestinely into the bedroom of the Commendatoreґs
daughter, Donna Anna. Don Giovanni suddenly rushes out of the house, pursued by
Donna Anna, who wants to know, no matter what, who her unexpected night-time
visitor was. She unsuccessfully tries to tear off Don Giovanniґs mask. The
Commendatore appears, having been woken up by the commotion, and challenges the
uninvited guest to a duel. At first unwilling to accept the challenge, Don
Giovanni all the same kills him and then escapes together with Leporello; Donna
Anna and Don Ottavio, her fiancй, who has appeared in time to help her, swear to
take revenge on the unknown murderer.
Don Giovanni is daydreaming about further amorous adventures. In the faint
light of dawn a beautiful stranger attracts his attention. As he approaches her
he recognises Donna Elvira, his former love, whom he abandoned three days after
their wedding. In an attempt to escape her tedious reproaches, he leaves Donna
Elvira in the care of Leporello, who readily relates to her a list of his
masterґs amorous conquests.
Peasants are celebrating the wedding of Zerlina and Masetto. Zerlina
immediately catches Don Giovanniґs eye. In an attempt to get her on her own, he
orders Leporello to take all of those present to his castle. Zerlinaґs
bridegroom tries to resist but is forced to give in to Don Giovanniґs threats.
Don Giovanni distracts Zerlina with tender words and promises. However, at the
most inopportune moment, Donna Elvira appears, followed by Donna Anna and Don
Ottavio. Don Giovanni declares Donna Elvira to be insane. Alone with Don
Ottavio, Donna Anna confesses that she recognised her seducer of the night in
Don Giovanni. She appeals to her fiancй to seek revenge.
Leporello reports to Don Giovanni how he has dispatched everyone to the feast
at the castle and how he managed to get rid of Donna Elvira. Don Giovanni
appears consumed with the idea of libertinism. Zerlina tries to calm the furious
Masetto. Don Giovanni finds he is unable to be alone with Zerlina and is thus
forced to join in the festivities with the bride and groom. Donna Anna, Donna
Elvira and Don Ottavio appear, their faces hidden by masks. On the orders of his
master, Leporello invites the masked visitors to join in the feast, during which
there are to be no social distinctions between those present. Don Giovanni
invokes everyone to act with utter freedom. The appeal is readily taken up but
each person interprets freedom in his own way. In the chaos of the ensuing
celebratory tumult Don Giovanni draws Zerlina away from the hall. The party is
suddenly interrupted by Zerlinaґs screams for help. Don Giovanni, annoyed,
blames his servant for what has happened. Don Ottavio, Donna Anna and Donna
Elvira remove their masks and accuse the real villain. Don Giovanni is forced to
Leporello wants to leave Don Giovanniґs service. However, the money which Don
Giovanni offers him persuades him to change his mind. Even in moments of peril,
the untiring libertine remains true to his ways. He thinks up the idea of
seducing Donna Elviraґs maid. But in order to get to her, he has to distract her
mistress, and so Don Giovanni and Leporello swap clothes. Donna Elvira takes
Leporello for Don Giovanni. Not realising she is speaking to the servant and not
the master, Donna Elvira forgives Don Giovanni for the hurt he has caused her.
Don Giovanni meets some peasants who are looking for Zerlinaґs seducer on
Masettoґs command. Disguised as Leporello, he sends them off on a false trail.
Left alone with Masetto, Don Giovanni cruelly beats up the simpleton and steals
away. Zerlina arrives and tends to her bridegroomґs wounds and comforts him.
Leporello in vain tries to get away from Donna Elvira. Finding himself in a
difficult situation, surrounded by pursuers who believe him to be Don Giovanni,
he is forced into revealing his face. Donna Elvira is mortified to the bottom of
her soul. Taking advantage of the general confusion, Leporello disappears. Don
Ottavio is determined to hand over the Commendatoreґs murderer for trial.
Donna Elvira, inextricably caught up in the fate of her unfaithful lover,
begins to lose her reason.
Don Giovanni and Leporello, hiding from their pursuers, find themselves in
the graveyard as night falls. Their discussion is unexpectedly interrupted by
ominous comments from the statue of the Commendatore. Don Giovanni makes his
servant invite the statue to dinner.
Donna Anna finds a way of evading Don Ottavioґs advances. There is no longer
any place for men in her heart.
At midnight, Don Giovanni has dinner served, and the Commendatore has been
invited. Donna Elvira tries, for the last time, to appeal to Don Giovanni to
lead a righteous life. However, he remains intransigent to the end. He
fearlessly holds out his hand to the statue of the Commendatore, before which
Leporello experiences insurmountable dread. Impenitent, Don Giovanni crashes
down to Hell.
Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio, Zerlina and Masetto arrive to deliver
Don Giovanni for trial. Leporello announces the news that his master has plunged
down to the underworld. Wishing to create a sensation, he describes in detail
what he has not even seen because he was too scared to watch