Arts and Sciences
My research is about Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni”. I am looking at this piece from a cultural, historical, and analytical perspective. My data for the historical and cultural perspectives is derived from careful investigation of article and book sources. More specifically, my research answers a question and fills a gap, namely, what makes Don Giovanni the quintessential Dramma Giocoso during the time period of Mozart following any and all rules in regards to aspects of Opera Seria and Opera Buffa which categorize it to be a Dramma Giocoso which current research has not yet addressed. In this paper however, I will be focusing only on the Opera Buffa perspective. My data for the analytical perspective is derived from musical analysis on several levels. I will be analyzing the comedic aria “Madamina, il catalogo e questo” and how from a music theory standpoint it represents a comedic aria, and from the standpoint of the plot it is both comedic yet tragic. My finding’s show that Mozart’s “Don Giovanni'' helps us to better understand how Mozart utilizes both aspects of Opera Buffa and Opera Seria to please his audience and gives them two types of highly desired genres by creating a new genre, Dramma Giocoso. It therefore deserves to be better known and understood by modern scholars and researchers and will serve future research on the music of Mozart.
Karnezis, Anastasia Maria, "Opera Buffa in Mozart's Don Giovanni" (2020). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 904.