In Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus and Lorenzo da Ponte created opera's most famous antihero. Find out how Mozart and Da Ponte were influenced by the philosophical ideas and social concerns of their day in forging a tale of class conflict and libertinism, violence and seduction, private passions and public space... and find out why this opera without a genre had different endings in the two greatest cities of the Holy Roman Empire.
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Anthony Arblaster, Viva la liberta!: Politics in Opera. Verso, 1997.
Zerbinetta, "Donna Anna Wore a Short Skirt," http://likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com/2011/10/donna-anna-wore-short-skirt.html
Don Giovanni scene from Amadeus:
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
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