Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mozart's Don Giovanni At La Scala, Milano (2011)

A modern production of W.A. Mozart's "Don Giovanni" is here performed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim; the opera ran from December 7, 2011 to January 14, 2012. A synopsis of the opera can be found here.

Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni is based on the life of Don Juan, a fictional dissolute and seducer of women. The opera is in two acts; Mozart wrote the music and Lorenzo Da Ponte the Italian libretto. The opera premièred to great acclaim at the Teatro di Praga (now called the Estates Theatre) in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 29, 1787. The story of Don Giovanni, an unrepentant and arrogant nobleman, has lead to the writing of many philosophical and religious essays including notable ones by Flaubert, Shaw and Kierkegaard.

It remains among the top ten operas performed worldwide. [see Operabase for more statistics]

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