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Don Giovanni

[don joh-vah-nee, jee-uh-; Italian dawn jaw-vahn-nee] /ˌdɒn dʒoʊˈvɑ ni, dʒi ə-; Italian ˌdɔn dʒɔˈvɑn ni/
noun
1.
an opera (1787) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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  • He had never heard of it, nor of Don Giovanni, nor of Fidelio.

    Diversions in Sicily H. Festing Jones
  • Then all at once, like the statue in Don Giovanni, she moved from her pedestal.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Don Giovanni observes the two glasses of wine and smells them suspiciously.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • Don Giovanni hurriedly issues from the house, pursued by Donna Anna.

  • Don Giovanni orders preparations for the festival in his palace.

  • Retribution upon Don Giovanni is not to be too long deferred.

  • Don Giovanni bids it, through Leporello, to supper with him in his palace.

  • All is dark save for the flame of the candle in Don Giovanni's hand.

  • The amount of industry with which Mozart worked at "Don Giovanni" is unknown to us.

Don Giovanni in Culture
Don Giovanni [(don jee-uh-vah-nee, joh-vah-nee)]

An opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, recounting the dissolute life of Don Juan (Don Giovanni is the Italian form of Don Juan). At the end of the opera, a statue of a man Don Giovanni has killed comes to life and drags the unscrupulous seducer into the burning pit of hell.

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