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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/
an opera (1787) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Unabridged
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  • In the work, however, there is another scene in which the other characters moralize upon Don Giovanni's end.

  • He had never heard of it, nor of Don Giovanni, nor of Fidelio.

    Diversions in Sicily H. Festing Jones
  • His Don Giovanni and the Requiem were written in a bowling-green and a garden.

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

  • Back in his palace, Don Giovanni seats himself at table and sings of the pleasures of life.

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

  • In disdain she saunters away, plump as a pampered pouter pigeon, humming the duet from Don Giovanni.

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

  • After an air from "Don Giovanni," she would say, "Mozart must be in heaven: they could never get on without him!"

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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