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Don Giovanni - libretto only - English & Italian - English National Opera Guide 18

Don Giovanni - libretto only - English & Italian - English National Opera Guide 18 $22.99

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Published by John Calder Publications

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

Don Giovanni is one of Mozart's most popular and enduringly fascinating works

E T A Hoffmann described it as the "opera of all operas"

This edition begins with a discussion of its comic elements by Michael F Robinson

An overall view of the score is given by David Wyn Jones, showing how Mozart maintained dramatic momentum over its two long acts and giving an overview of the dramatic pacing and orchestration in some of the most important scenes

Christopher Raeburn concludes the commentary with an engaging portrait of Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart's "libertine librettist", and his relationship with the composer

This guide contains more than twenty photographs covering performances of Don Giovanni to the present day, a detailed thematic analysis, the libretto in Italian with a facing literal translation, an up-to-date bibliography and a discography, as well as DVD and website guides

Overture Opera Guides are an invaluable companion for lovers of opera and provide an insight for anyone wanting to explore in more detail the works of the central operatic repertory

REVIEWS

'Neat little volumes they are, handy for carrying around, clearly printed and well set-out, complete with libretto and translation, discography and a generous selection of illustrations' ~ Gramophone

'Brilliantly produced and superb value' ~ The Sunday Times

'Marvellous ... the best books of their kind' ~ Hugh Canning

'The first thing noticeable about these initial items in the revamped Opera Guides series ... is how much more solid and attractive these volumes are compared with the old ones. Production values are up, with more appealing design, clearer print and much better paper, making these books altogether more shelf-worthy' ~ BBC Music Magazine

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