Don Giovanni

[ don joh-vah-nee, jee-uh-; Italian dawn jaw-vahn-nee ]
/ ˌdɒn dʒoʊˈvɑ ni, dʒi ə-; Italian ˌdɔn dʒɔˈvɑn ni /

noun

an opera (1787) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Cultural definitions for Don Giovanni

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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