There are so many ways to play the title character in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni knows this firsthand because he’s been in 120 performances spread over 13 different productions.

Now the international opera star is about to do it again as he heads up the Houston Grand Opera cast to take on the role of the classic philanderer, an amoral man who believes none of his actions have lasting consequences, until right at the end when he learns they do.

Why would Pisaroni want to continue to perform this role of at best an anti-hero but at worst someone audiences love to hate?

“This role is too important to ignore,” Pisaroni says. “It’s a great role. Don Giovanni has an aura of mystery and there is an historical relevance, a vocal and acting challenge that as an artist and a singer you cannot ignore.”