Operas are typically performed in their original language with Italian
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Dress nicely for Italian musical events. You may be turned away if you are
dressed too casually. Opening night opera performances require a full dark suit for men, an
elegant dress for ladies.
Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours.
Consider your evening transportation options for returning to your hotel. Some trains or
public transportation may not be available after 10:30 pm.
Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact
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Synopsis: This staple of standard operatic repertoire never disappoints! Although it is often classified as comic, in reality Don Giovanni is a blend of comic (buffa) and dramatic (seria). Perhaps its success is the unique blending of both, aside from the fascinating character of DON GIOVANNI himself, who, despite his scandalous ways still endeared him to women, became a challenge to the men in those days. Don Giovanni (or Don Juan), the infamous womanizer, makes one conquest after another until the ghost of DONNA ANNA's father, the COMMENDATORE, (whom Giovanni killed) makes his appearance. He offers Giovanni one last chance to repent for his multiple improprieties. He will not change his ways, and so he is sucked down into hell by evil spirits. High drama, hysterical comedy, magnificent music!