23 Facts About Don Giovanni


Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,489

Don Giovanni is regarded as one of the greatest operas of all time and has proved a fruitful subject for commentary in its own right; critic Fiona Maddocks has described it as one of Mozart's "trio of masterpieces with librettos by Da Ponte".

FactSnippet No. 2,239,490

Don Giovanni made some cuts in the Finale in order to make it shorter and more incisive, the most important of which is the section where Anna and Ottavio, Elvira, Zerlina and Masetto, Leporello reveal their plans for the future.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,491

Don Giovanni enters the garden from inside the house, pursued by Donna Anna.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,492

Don Giovanni is masked and Donna Anna tries to hold him and to unmask him, shouting for help.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,493

Don Giovanni kills the Commendatore with his sword and escapes with Leporello.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,494

Don Giovanni makes Don Ottavio swear vengeance against the unknown murderer.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,495

Don Giovanni starts to flirt with her, but it turns out he is the former lover she is seeking.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,496

Don Giovanni is unfaithful to everyone; his conquests include 640 women and girls in Italy, 231 in Germany, 100 in France, 91 in Turkey, but in Spain, 1,003.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,497

Don Giovanni is immediately attracted to Zerlina, and he attempts to remove the jealous Masetto by offering to host a wedding celebration at his castle.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,498

On realizing that Don Giovanni means to remain behind with Zerlina, Masetto becomes angry but is forced to leave.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,499

Don Giovanni, relieved that he is unrecognised, readily promises it, and asks who has disturbed her peace.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,500

Don Giovanni tries to convince Don Ottavio and Donna Anna that Donna Elvira is insane.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,501

However, Don Giovanni remains cheerful and tells Leporello to organize a party and invite every girl he can find.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,502

When Zerlina screams for help, Don Giovanni drags Leporello onstage from the room, accuses Leporello of assaulting Zerlina himself, and threatens to kill him.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,503

Leporello, continuing to pose as Don Giovanni, leads her away to keep her occupied while Don Giovanni serenades her maid with his mandolin.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,504

Don Giovanni poses as Leporello and joins the posse, pretending that he hates Don Giovanni.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,505

Donna Elvira tries to protect the man who she thinks is Don Giovanni, claiming him as her husband and begging the others to spare him.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,506

Don Giovanni accuses her of being cruel, and she assures him that she loves him, and is faithful.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,507

Don Giovanni, surprised, asks what she wants, and she begs him to change his life.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,508

Leporello, paralyzed by fear, cannot answer it, so Don Giovanni opens it himself, revealing the statue of the Commendatore.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,509

Don Giovanni brazenly accepts, and shakes the statue's proffered hand, only to collapse as he is overcome by sudden chills.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,510

Michael Nyman's popular, short band piece In Re Don Giovanni is constructed on a prominent 15-bar phrase in the accompaniment to Leporello's catalogue aria.

FactSnippet No. 2,239,511