Chapter

Sisterhood and Seduction I: Abandonment and Rescue

Donna Elvira

in Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248021
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932968 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520248021.003.0002
Sisterhood and Seduction I: Abandonment and Rescue

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Excessive sensibility and an imprudent nature ensnare Donna Elvira in a cycle of humiliation, whether she wants to kiss Giovanni or kill him. Seduced and betrayed by Don Giovanni, Donna Elvira launches a vigorous campaign against his treachery in act 1, but her rancor eventually dissolves into pity and renewed adoration. She is exactly the kind of “undone” woman that opera celebrates and destroys, and is already more object than subject, the focus of Giovanni's obvious arousal and Leporello's wry asides.

Keywords: Don Giovanni; Donna Elvira; opera; Leporello

Chapter.  10530 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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