Don Giovanni (K. 527; complete title: Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, literally The Rake Punished, namely Don Giovanni or The Libertine Punished) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer, by Spanish writer Tirso de Molina. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the National Theater (of Bohemia), now called the Estates Theatre, on 29 October 1787. Da Ponte's libretto was billed as a dramma giocoso, a common designation of its time that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.
Don Giovanni is generally regarded as one of Mozart's supreme achievements and one of the greatest operas of all time, and it has proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers. A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, it is ninth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas of the 2018–19 season. Critic Fiona Maddocks described it as one of Mozart's "trio of masterpieces with libretti by Ponte".
Performances & Interviews
- Jacques Imbrailo sings Mozarthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016k4tb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p016k4tb.jpg2007-06-15T09:05:00.000ZSouth Africa's Jacques Imbrailo sings Mozart's Deh, vieni alla finestra from Don Giovanni at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2007.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p016k4vp
Jacques Imbrailo sings MozartSouth Africa's Jacques Imbrailo sings Mozart's Deh, vieni alla finestra from Don Giovanni at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2007.
- Artjun Kotchinian sings Mozarthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02prqwr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02prqwr.jpg1997-06-21T14:47:00.000ZArmenian Artjun Kotchininian performs Catalogue Aria from Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1997.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02prqzn
Artjun Kotchinian sings MozartArmenian Artjun Kotchininian performs Catalogue Aria from Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1997.