Don Giovanni

Opera

Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lorenzo Da Ponte

Context

After Mozart and Da Ponte’s incredible success with Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart promised his next premiere to the Prague, which turned out to be Don Giovanni. Don Juan was a well-known legendary character known for hypersexuality and womanizing, and therefore was the subject of many plays and operas in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mozart, like a number of composers before him, thought it perfect to be set to music. Lorenzo Da Ponte did his best, as he did with Le Nozze di Figaro, to avoid, or smooth over the more unsavory political and social implications in the story, and strictly focused

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