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Author Tessing Schneider, Magnus, 1975- author.

Title The original portrayal of Mozart's Don Giovanni / Magnus Tessing Schneider
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xii, 245 pages)
Series Ashgate interdisciplinary studies in opera
Ashgate interdisciplinary studies in opera.
Contents Introduction -- Luigi Bassi as Don Giovanni -- The opening scene -- Don Giovanni and the three women -- The party episode -- The disguise episode -- The graveyard scene -- The second finale -- Postscript : in defence of the operatic work
Summary The Original Portrayal of Mozart's Don Giovanni offers an original reading of Mozart's and Da Ponte's opera Don Giovanni, using as a lens the portrayal of the title role by its creator, the baritone Luigi Bassi (1766-1825). Although Bassi was coached in the role by the composer himself, his portrayal has never been studied in depth before, and this book presents a large number of new sources (first- and second-hand accounts), which allows us to reconstruct his performance scene by scene. The book confronts Bassi's portrayal with a study of the opera's early German reception and performance history, demonstrating how Don Giovanni as we know it today was not only created by Mozart, Da Ponte and Luigi Bassi but also by the early German adapters, translators, critics and performers who turned the title character into the arrogant and violent villain we still encounter in most of today's stage productions. Incorporating discussion of dramaturgical thinking of the late Enlightenment and the difficult moral problems that the opera raises, this is an important study for scholars and researchers from opera studies, theatre and performance studies, music history as well as conductors, directors and singers
Analysis Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera
Da Ponte
German reception
Luigi Bassi
Magnus Tessing Schneider
Mozart's Don Giovanni
Music History
Opera Studies
performance history
stage production
Theatre and Performance Studies
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-239) and index
Notes Magnus Tessing Schneider (Stockholm University) is a Danish theatre scholar specialising in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian opera. He has edited Mozart's La clemenza di Tito: A Reappraisal (2018), together with Ruth Tatlow, and Felicity Baker's essay collection Don Giovanni's Reasons: Thoughts on a Masterpiece (2021)
Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 21, 2021)
In OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) OAPEN
Subject Bassi, Luigi.
Juan, Don (Legendary character) -- In opera
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Don Giovanni.
Juan, Don (Legendary character)
SUBJECT Don Giovanni (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus) fast
Subject Opera -- Dramaturgy.
MUSIC -- General.
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Opera.
Opera -- Dramaturgy
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780429281709