Setting and story summary Don Giovanni is set in and around Seville now SevillaSpainin the 17th century. Act I Scene 1. Suddenly, Giovanni and Donna Anna rush out of the palace. Her father appears, brandishing a swordand challenges Giovanni to a duel; Anna runs to get help.
Purpose[ edit ] The original play was written in the Spanish Golden Age according to its beliefs and ideals, but as the story was translated and time passed, the story was adapted to accommodate cultural changes.
He saw that everyone was throwing his life away, living and sinning as they pleased, because they believed that in the end, as long as they repented before they died, they would receive the grace to enter heaven.
However, through his play, he shows that even Don Juan, who is identified as the very devila "man without a name" and shapeshifter, has Don giovanni eventually pay for his sins.
Tirso reminds us that we must pay for our actions, and that in the end, death makes us all equal. Starting with Tirso's work, Don Juan is portrayed as a wealthy libertine who devotes his life to seducing women, taking great pride in his ability to seduce women of all ages and stations in life.
It is his way of indicating that he is young and death is still distant, trusting he has plenty of time to repent for his sins. This leads to the famous last supper scene, whereby Don Juan invites the statue of the father Don giovanni dinner.
The ending depends on which version of the legend one is reading. Tirso's original play was meant as religious parable against Don Juan's sinful ways, and ends with his death, having been denied salvation Don giovanni God.
Other authors and playwrights would interpret the ending in their own fashion. In Da Ponte's libretto for Don Giovanni, he repeatedly refuses to repent despite being given the opportunity by the statue.
Espronceda's Don Felix walks into hell and to his death of his own volition, whereas Zorrilla's Don Juan asks for, and receives, a divine pardon. The figure of Don Juan has inspired many modern interpretations.
Cultural impact[ edit ] Albert Camus utilizes Don Juan as a character to portray certain ideas. In The Myth of SisyphusCamus describes Don Juan as an example of an 'absurd hero', as he maintains a reckless abandon in his approach to love.
His seductive lifestyle "brings with it all the faces in the world, and its tremor comes from the fact that it knows itself to be mortal". He "multiplies what he cannot unify It is his way of giving and vivifying". However, others believed that some sins were unforgivable and that a simple Act of Contrition would not save them from damnation for all the harm they had caused.
Tirso de Molina's theological perspective is quite apparent through the message he conveys with the dreadful ending of his play. Under the importance of honor, men in this time period found feminine integrity to be a crucial element, to the point where women in the Italian version of Don Juan are devalued.
He often disguises himself and assumes other identities in order to seduce women. However, he finally repents of all his wrongdoings.
A revival of this play in included songs and dramatic scenes with music by Henry Purcell. Along with Don Juan Tenorio still performed every November 2 throughout the Spanish-speaking worldDon Giovannian opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponteis arguably the best-known version.
First performed in Prague init inspired works by E. In Lenau's rendering, Don Juan's promiscuity springs from his determination to find the ideal woman. Despairing of ever finding her, he ultimately surrenders to melancholy and wills his own death.
The piece begins with a representation of Death walking up the road to Don Juan's house, where Don Juan pleads with Death to let him live. Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman wrote and directed a comic sequel in titled The Devil's Eye in which Don Juan, accompanied by his servant, is sent from Hell to contemporary Sweden to seduce a young woman before her marriage.
Errol Flynn stars as a swashbuckling lover of women who also fights on the side of a good Spanish queen Viveca Lindfors against the forces of evil in the film The Adventures of Don Juan In this version, Don Juan is a woman dressed in men's clothes and is accompanied by her servant Florestino in their adventure in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
InJohnny Depp and Marlon Brando starred in the film Don Juan DeMarcoin which Depp plays the title role, a mental patient convinced he is Don Juan, and who retells his life story to the psychiatrist played by Brando. The film Don Jon and its womanizing protagonist is a reference to Don Juan.The title of this new film of Don Giovanni immediately tells us what a slippery operatic object it is: it’s Mozart’s, it’s a film by Kasper Holten, it’s Don Giovanni, it’s Juan.
Clearly we’re supposed to leave any preconceptions about Don Giovanni as Moza. Prague Opera: Don Giovanni at the Prague Estates Theatre where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself conducted its world premiere in Prague opera tickets online.
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Don Giovanni: Don Giovanni, opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Italian libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte) that premiered at the original National Theatre in Prague on October 29, The opera’s subject is Don Juan, the notorious libertine of fiction, . Personaggi DON GIOVANNI, giovane cavaliere estremamente licenzioso (Baritono) DONNA ANNA, dama promessa sposa di Don Ottavio (Soprano) DON OTTAVIO (Tenore).
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