Posted by: rbbadger | September 27, 2010

Don Giovanni

Probably the darkest of Mozart’s operas is Don Giovanni, KV 527.  This story is about a young and dissolute nobleman who goes around seducing women.  He is caught by the father of one of the women and the father challenges Don Giovanni to a duel.  Don Giovanni kills the father and escapes.  Later on in the story, Don Giovanni is in the graveyard with his servant Leporello.  They come across the statue of the man whom Don Giovanni killed.  Don Giovanni mockingly orders his servant to invite the statue to dinner.  There is no response, so Don Giovanni himself invites the statue to dinner and the statue nods in the affirmative.

At the end of the second act, the statue shows up scaring the daylights out of everyone.  Don Giovanni accepts the statue’s invitation to dinner at which point the statue grabs him and basically gives him one last chance to repent.  Don Giovanni refuses, as so is flung into hell by the statue.  The opera is based off of the Spanish Don Juan legend.  It remains one of the most performed operas in the repertoire.  Don Giovanni is sung here by Samuel Ramey, Il Commendatore is sung by Kurt Moll, and Ferruccio Furlanetto sings the role of Leporello.  This is one of those operas with a great part for a bass singer.

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