No opera lineup would be complete without Mozart. For our next production of a Mozart work, we have selected what some consider his greatest: Don Giovanni. This will be the third opera directed at the NNTT by Grischa Asagaroff, following Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacc and Idomeneo. Asagaroff recognized the commonalities between the character of Don Giovanni and the great 18th century womanizer Giacomo Casanova, and altered the setting of the opera to that of Casanova's native Venice. But the figure of Don Giovanni is faithfully portrayed in a traditional style. In the title role will be Mariusz Kwiecien, who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and whose Don Giovanni is considered one of the best today. Also appearing will be Aga Mikolaj, who sang Donna Elvira in the 2008 premiere production; rising American star Nicole Cabell; Tsumaya Hidekazu, who has delivered fine performances in a number of roles with the NNTT Opera; and Hirano Yasushi, who is currently based in Vienna. The audience can look forward to a balanced ensemble performance from this outstanding cast, and should not miss this opportunity to see a true masterwork from Mozart's mature period.