Don Giovanni

October 29, 1787 – Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.

The opera is in two acts with an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the Teatro di Praga (now called the Estates Theatre).   Da Ponte’s libretto was billed, like many of its time, as dramma giocoso, a term that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.

Monaco issued a postage stamp in 1987 commemorating the 200th anniversary of the writing of the opera.

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