Don Giovanni

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Music Program

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UNLV Opera Theatre


College of Fine Arts: Department of Music

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Don Giovanni premiered in Prague on October 27 1787, following the tremendous success of Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro (The marriage of Figaro) that premiered in Prague the previous year. Uniquely dubbed a 'dramma giocoso,' Don Giovanni was formed by Mozart and the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte (who also collaborated on Le nozze di Figaro) into a two-act opera that focuses on Don Juan's (Don Giovanni's) last day on Earth. Da Ponte, who was inspired by content from other operas dealing with the same subject, was acquainted with the famous libertine, Casanova. Legends claim that Casanova worked a few of his own lines into the text Myths also link the violent and depressing nature of Giovanni 's downfall with the recent death of Mozart's father Leopold. Don Giovanni was very successful in Prague, but the Viennese public had difficulty understanding the complex and dramatic nature of the music.


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