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Opera at the Library

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:53 am

The Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host Opera @ the Library on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. in room 108 B, presenting Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s dramatic opera Don Giovanni.
Don Giovanni; K. 527; complete title: Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, literally, (The Rake Punished, namely Don Giovanni, or The Libertine Punished) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and 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 National Theater (of Bohemia), now called the Estates Theatre, on 29 October 1787.
Da Ponte’s libretto was billed as a dramma giocoso, a common designation of its time 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.  A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni for the five seasons 2011/12 through 2015/16 was ninth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide.  It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers.
This is a free program with English subtitles and we hope to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful art form.  Light refreshments will be provided during intermission for our guests.  For more information about Opera @ the Library programs and our other special events, please visit our web presence at or contact Dennis Smolarek at 352.536.2275 or email at