Don Giovanni: Rebel Hero or Threat to Society

The character of Don Giovanni in Mozart’s opera personifies two contrasting aspects of the Enlightment: The embodiment of liberty. Don Giovanni sees himself as exempt from the laws of state, society, culture and religion. In this sense he is the Enlightenment hero, an extreme example of the idea of liberty that marks the age. The… Continue reading Don Giovanni: Rebel Hero or Threat to Society

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Best Recorded Version

I like a mix of different approaches with my favourite classical works. For Don Giovanni, the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, there are three clear choices, which critics (at least in the UK and Europe) unanimously highlight. 1. Don Giovanni: The Traditional Account Don Giovanni performed by the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Carlo… Continue reading Mozart, Don Giovanni: Best Recorded Version

Mozart’s Don Giovanni: Resources and Links

The following links offer useful resources for analysis of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. Analysis The Nowhere Man – the mystery of Don Giovanni, by Nicholas Lezard Mozart’s Don Giovanni: An Enlightenment Hero? by John Kerns Don Giovanni, man or idea, by Kenneth LaFave Søren Kierkegaard’s Interpretation of Mozart’s Opera Don Giovanni : An Appraisal and… Continue reading Mozart’s Don Giovanni: Resources and Links

The Culture Club: Theme for March-May 2009

March-May 2009 This time we’re looking at the Don’s – Giovanni and Juan (although we’re saving Quixote for a future session). These two are based on the same story, the legend of Don Juan, which probably first saw light of day as the play El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra (The Trickster of… Continue reading The Culture Club: Theme for March-May 2009