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Can there Be Two Don Giovanni’s?

Giuseppe Gazzaniga

Giuseppe Gazzaniga

 Tuesday at 8:00 pm


What if you wrote one terrific opera, but did it on the same subject as Mozart—and it wasn’t just any Mozart opera, but one of his greatest achievements in the form? Ouch.

In truth, this composer wouldn’t have felt the full force of the insult, since he was very successful in life; it’s only history that forgot him.

There is another Don Giovanni; one composed by Giuseppe Gazzaniga who was born in Verona in 1743 and died in 1818. Gazzaniga wrote dozens of operas for houses across Italy. His Don Giovanni premiered about eight months before Mozart’s.

On the Tuesday Night Opera, hear Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni. The cast includes John Aler, Pamela Coburn, Günter von Kannen, Julie Kaufmann, and Anton Scharinger.

What does it sound like? Well, it sounds like late 18th century opera: witty, tuneful, delightful. It’s worth listening to the Catalogue Aria in the video (below), just to hear the marvelous bass voice of Ferruccio Furlanetto.

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