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Zerlina


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(Mozart: Don Giovanni). Sop. A country girl, betrothed to Masetto whom she loves. Flattered by Don Giovanni's amorous attentions, she becomes frightened when he makes it clear he wishes to seduce her. She screams for help and Elvira comes to her aid. (There is a story that Mozart, dissatisfied with the singer's off‐stage scream at the first rehearsal, hid in the wings and pinched her leg at the appropriate moment, resulting in a convincing shriek!) She begs Masetto's forgiveness and comforts him after Giovanni has beaten him. Arias: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto (‘Beat me, beat me, handsome Masetto’); Vedrai carino (‘You will see, dear little one’); duet (with Giovanni): Là ci darem la mano (‘There you will give me your hand’). Created (1787) by Teresa Bondoni (whose husband's opera company gave the première).

Subjects: Opera.


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