Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian .. Zerlina follows the jealous Masetto and tries to pacify him (“Batti, batti o bel Masetto” – “Beat, O beat me, handsome Masetto”), but just as she. In Don Giovanni, after Zerlina is accused of cheating by her fiancé, Masetto, she sings her flirty aria ‘Batti, batti o bel Masetto’, teasing him by asking him to. Check out Batti, batti, o bel Masetto by Don Giovanni on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on
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Don Giovanni Italian pronunciation: It is based on the legends of Don Juana fictional libertine and seducer. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements. The opera was commissioned as a result of the overwhelming success of Mozart’s trip to Prague in January and February The libretto of Lorenzo Da Ponte was based closely on a libretto by Giovanni Bertati for the opera Don Giovanni Tenoriofirst performed in Venice early inalthough he was loath to admit this in memoirs written decades later.
Don Giovanni was originally to have been performed on 14 October for a visit to Prague of the Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austrianiece of the Emperor Joseph IIand her new husband, Prince Anthony of Saxony ; however, the production could not be prepared in time and Le nozze di Figaro was substituted instead on the order of the emperor himself.
Reports about the last-minute completion of the overture conflict; some say it was completed the day before the premiere,  some on the very day.
More likely it was completed the day before, in light of the fact that Mozart recorded the completion of the opera on 28 October. The score calls for double woodwindstwo hornstwo trumpetsthree trombones alto, tenor, basstimpanibasso continuo for the recitativesand the usual string section. The composer also specified occasional special musical effects. In act 2, Giovanni is seen to play the mandolinaccompanied by pizzicato strings.
In the same act, two of the Commendatore ‘s bahti ” Di rider finirai pria dell’aurora ” and ” Ribaldo, audace, lascia a’ morti la pace ” are accompanied by a wind chorale of oboes, clarinets, bassoonsand trombones with cellos and basses playing from the string section. The opera was first performed on 29 October in Prague under its full title of Il dissoluto punito natti il Don Giovanni — Dramma giocoso in due atti The Rake punished, or Don Giovannia dramma giocoso in two acts.
The work was rapturously received, as was often true of Mozart’s work in Prague. The Prager Oberpostamtzeitung reported, “Connoisseurs and musicians say that Prague has never heard the like,” and “the opera … is extremely difficult to perform.
Mozart also supervised the Vienna premiere of the work, which took place on 7 May For this production, he wrote two new arias with corresponding recitatives — Don Ottavio’s aria ” Dalla sua pace ” K. He also 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 ” Or che tutti, o mio tesoro “.
These cuts are very seldom performed in theatres or recordings. The opera’s final ensemble was generally omitted until the early 20th century, a tradition that apparently began very early on. According to the 19th-century Bohemian memoirist Wilhelm Kuhethe final ensemble was only presented at the very first performance in Prague, then never heard again during the original run.
Undoubtedly, this practice was sanctioned by Mozart himself. Modern productions sometimes include both the original aria for Don Ottavio, ” Il mio tesoro “, and its replacement from the first production in Vienna that was crafted to suit the capabilities of the tenor Francesco Morella, ” Dalla sua pace “.
Elvira’s ” In quali eccessi, o Numi Mi tradi per l’alma ingrata ” is usually retained as well. The duet ” Per queste tue manine ” and the whole accompanying scene involving Zerlina and Leporello from the Viennese version is almost never included. In modern-day productions, Masetto and the Commendatore are typically played by different singers unless limited by such things as finance or rehearsal time and spacealthough the same singer played both roles in both the Prague and Vienna premieres, and the final scene’s chorus of demons after the Commendatore’s exit gives the singer time for a costume change before entering as Masetto for the sextet.
Don Giovanni, a young,  arrogant, and sexually promiscuous nobleman, abuses and outrages everyone else in the cast until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit. The overture begins with a thundering D minor cadence, followed by a short misterioso sequence which leads into a light-hearted D major allegro. Leporello, Don Giovanni’s servant, grumbles about his demanding master and daydreams about being free of him ” Notte e giorno faticar ” — “Night and day I slave away”.
He is keeping watch while Don Giovanni is in the Commendatore’s house attempting to seduce or rape the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna. Don Giovanni is masked and Donna Anna tries to hold him and to unmask him, shouting for help. He breaks free and she runs off as the Commendatore enters the garden. The Commendatore blocks Don Giovanni’s path and forces him to fight a duel. Don Giovanni kills the Commendatore with his sword and escapes with Leporello.
She makes Don Ottavio swear vengeance against the unknown murderer. They hear a woman Donna Elvira singing of having been abandoned by her lover, on whom she is seeking revenge ” Ah, chi mi dice mai ” — “Ah, who could ever tell me”. Don Giovanni starts to flirt with her, but it turns out he is the former lover she is seeking.
The two recognize each other and she reproaches him bitterly. He shoves Leporello forward, ordering him to tell Donna Elvira the truth about him, and then hurries away. Leporello tells Donna Elvira that Don Giovanni is not worth her feelings for him.
In a frequently cut recitative, Donna Elvira vows vengeance. A marriage procession with Masetto and Zerlina enters. Don Giovanni and Leporello arrive soon after.
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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. On realizing that Don Giovanni means to remain behind with Zerlina, Masefto becomes angry ” Ho capito! Don Giovanni and Zerlina are soon alone and he immediately begins his seductive arts Duet: Donna Elvira arrives and thwarts the seduction ” Ah, fuggi il traditor ” — “Flee from the traitor!
She leaves with Zerlina. Don Ottavio and Donna Anna enter, plotting vengeance on the still unknown murderer of Donna Anna’s father. Donna Anna, unaware that she is speaking to her attacker, pleads for Don Giovanni’s help. Don Giovanni, relieved that he is unrecognised, readily promises it, and asks who has disturbed her peace. As Don Giovanni leaves, Donna Anna suddenly recognizes battti as her father’s murderer and tells Don Ottavio the story of his intrusion, claiming that she was deceived at first because she was expecting a night visit from Don Ottavio himself, but managed to fight Don Giovanni off after discovering the imposture long recitative exchange between Donna Anna and Don Ottavio.
She repeats her demand that he avenge her and points bati that he will be avenging himself as well aria: In the Vienna version, Don Ottavio, not yet convinced Donna Anna having only recognised Don Giovanni’s masettoo, not seen his faceresolves to keep an eye on his friend ” Dalla sua pace la mia dipende ” — “On her peace my peace depends”.
Leporello informs Don Giovanni batto all the guests of the peasant wedding are in Don Giovanni’s house and hatti he distracted Masetto from his jealousy, but that Zerlina, returning with Donna Elvira, made a scene and spoiled everything. However, Don Giovanni remains cheerful and tells Leporello to organize a party and invite every girl he can find.
Don Giovanni’s “Champagne Aria”: They hasten to his palace.
Zerlina follows the jealous Masetto and tries to pacify him ” Batti, batti o bel Masetto ” — “Beat, O beat me, handsome Masetto”but just as she manages to persuade him of her innocence, Don Giovanni’s voice from offstage startles and frightens her.
Masetto hides, resolving to see for himself what Zerlina will do when Don Giovanni arrives. Zerlina tries to hide from Don Giovanni, but he finds her and attempts to hatti the seduction, until he stumbles upon Masetto’s hiding place.
Confused but quickly recovering, Don Giovanni reproaches Masetto for abtti Zerlina alone, and returns her temporarily to him. Don Giovanni then leads both offstage to his ballroom. From a balcony, Leporello invites them to his master’s party.
They accept the invitation and Leporello leaves the balcony. As the merriment, featuring three separate chamber orchestras on stage, proceeds, Leporello distracts Masetto by dancing with him, while Don Giovanni leads Zerlina offstage to a private room and batfi to assault her. When Zerlina screams for help, Don Giovanni drags Leporello onstage from the room, accuses Leporello of assaulting Zerlina himself, and threatens to kill him.
The others are not fooled. Don Ottavio produces a pistol and points it at Don Giovanni, and the three guests unmask and declare that they know all. But despite being denounced and menaced from all sides, Don Giovanni remains calm and escapes — for the moment. Leporello threatens to leave Don Bdl, but his master calms him with a peace offering of money Duet: Wanting to seduce Donna Elvira’s maid, and believing that she will trust him better if he appears in lower-class clothes, Don Giovanni orders Leporello to exchange cloak and hat with him.
Donna Elvira comes to her window Trio: Seeing an opportunity for battti game, Don Giovanni hides and sends Leporello out in the open wearing Don Giovanni’s cloak and hat. From his hiding place Don Giovanni sings a promise of repentance, expressing a desire to return to her and threatening to kill himself if she does not take him back, while Leporello poses as Don Giovanni and tries to keep from laughing.
Donna Elvira is convinced and descends to the street. Leporello, continuing to pose as Don Giovanni, leads her away to keep her occupied while Don Giovanni serenades her maid with his mandolin. Before Don Giovanni can complete his seduction of the maid, Masetto and his friends arrive, looking for Don Giovanni in order to kill him. Don Giovanni poses as Leporello whose clothes he is still wearing and joins the posse, pretending that he also hates Don Giovanni.
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After cunningly dispersing Masetto’s friends Don Giovanni aria: Zerlina arrives and consoles the bruised and battered Masetto “Vedrai carino” — “You’ll see, dear one”. Leporello abandons Donna Elvira. As he tries to escape, he bumps into Don Ottavio and Donna Anna.
Zerlina and Masetto also enter the scene. Everyone mistakes Leporello for Don Giovanni, bati clothes he is still wearing. They surround Leporello and threaten to kill him. Donna Elvira tries to protect the man who she thinks is Don Giovanni, claiming that he is her husband and begging the others to spare him.
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Leporello takes off Don Giovanni’s cloak and reveals his true identity. He begs for mercy and, seeing an opportunity, runs off Leporello aria: He swears vengeance ” Il mio tesoro ” — “My treasure” — though in the Vienna version this was cut. In the Vienna production of the opera, Zerlina follows Leporello and recaptures him.
Threatening him with a razor, she ties him to a stool. He attempts to sweet-talk her out of hurting him. Zerlina goes to find Masetto and the others; Leporello escapes again before she returns. This scene, marked by low comedy, is rarely performed today. Also in the Vienna production, Donna Elvira is still furious at Battj Giovanni for betraying her, but she also feels sorry for him.
Don Giovanni wanders into a graveyard.