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.
Brigid Brophy, Mozart the Dramatist. Libris, 1988.
Jessica Waldoff, Recognition in Mozart's Operas. Oxford University Press, 2011.
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
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
Don Giovanni scene from Amadeus:
8/5/2013 08:16:13 am
Brilliant background and analysis...thank you. I saw the Joseph Losey film of the same name in the 80s starring Kiri Te Kanawa, and have loved the opera ever since.
8/6/2013 11:30:50 am
Any chance of getting the podcasts onto iTunes? That way one would be able to subscribe to them
8/6/2013 11:32:58 am
John, so glad you asked! We are available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/footnoting-history-podcast/id603173915
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