EVENT: A Note on Opera – “Don Giovanni”
The second Monday of the month is approaching and that can only mean one thing – it’s time for another ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture! This month, the class will be discussing Mozart’s and da Ponte’s “Don Giovanni.”
We’ll be looking at a work often acclaimed as the greatest opera ever written, Mozart’s and da Ponte’s “Don Giovanni.” Da Ponte, probably drawing on his own picaresque life, creates a Don both affable and cruel. But it is Mozart’s score that transforms a stock character from a 17th-century Spanish morality play into the flawed, contemptable, and tragic Don the world knows. There are so many facets to the Don, open to so many interpretations, that there will likely never be a truly definitive portrayal.
But as much as this opera is entitled “Don Giovanni,” it is an ensemble work; none of the characters are two-dimensional. Therefore “Don Giovanni” is a problematic work for many audiences. We see too much ourselves in its characters; watching conflicting aspects of ourselves on stage is well outside of anyone’s comfort zone. Mozart and da Ponte therefore described “Don Giovanni” not as a “dramma per musica,” as would have been the norm, but rather with the more cryptic “dramma giocoso,” or “playful drama.” “Don Giovanni” isn’t only serious, but neither is it to be taken only lightly.
“Don Giovanni” is full of musical marvels depicting self-righteous indignation, petulance, seduction, and caring. And in Act I’s ballroom scene there are 3 on-stage musical ensembles playing in 3 differing meters to accompany 3 separate groups of dancers, plus the pit orchestra accompanying the 7 principal singers!
Sounds interesting, right? Here’s what you need to know:
When: Monday, October 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: $10 for Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta members, $20 for non-members
This lecture will be taught in English by Mr. David Kerr. No previous knowledge of music is required and all materials will be provided. Ready to sign up? Just click the link below!
We look forward to seeing you there!
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