Mixing Opera Buffa and Opera Seria: How Mozart describes his characters in Don Giovanni and in his other Da Ponte operas.

MARCH 4, 2021


£25 each lecture / £89 full series


Everyone can agree on the extraordinary psychological subtilty of Mozart’s characters. Italian speakers may particularly enjoy the elegant humor and the wits of Da Ponte’s librettos, but it is clear that the multifaceted insights of each character’s description come mostly from Mozart’s music itself. How does he do that? In many brilliant ways, of course. This conversation will focus on the mixing of operatic genres, which is arguably one of Mozart’s most original tools. Becoming aware of his peculiar hybrid vocabulary can be very helpful for any young performer approaching in particular Don Giovanni and Così fan Tutte.

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