DON GIOVANNI PRESENTATION KAREN THOMSON NEH “Mozart’s Worlds” 2006 For my curriculum project I put together a powerpoint slideshow to present the story and the music of Don Giovanni. To create the slides, I scanned the photos from the “Barbie” book that I picked up at the Albertina in Vienna, and also recreated the catalogue aria concept that was done by Carah and Colleen’s group in the class. I presented this slideshow to seven of the music classes at my high school, as well as to the parent boosters. During the presentation I narrate the story of Don Giovanni and play some of the key musical excerpts, talking about their significance within the context of the opera and the music of the Classical era. The presentation lasted between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on how much of the music was played, the amount of discussion and whether or not scores were provided for students to follow along while listening to the music. I’m not skilled enough at using powerpoint to sync the music to the slides, so I had the playlist on my ipod which I manually controlled while delivering the presentation. To keep up the flow and retain the attention of the students, in most cases I played a few bars of the music at full volume to give them the sense of what it sounded like, and then turned it down but left it playing in the background while I talked about what was happening, turning it back up when I finished what I was saying or when a transition was coming up. SLIDE 1-3 Begin music "Notte e Giorno Faticar" - "Lasciala, Indegno!" Briefly talk about the history of Don Giovanni as presented in the slides. 4 Introduce the character of Leporello, and talk about why he is whining at the beginning of the opera 5-6 At 1:40 in the music (when Donna Anna starts singing) introduce the scene – explain what has happened and then advance to slide 6 7 At 3:00 (when Commendatore enters) introduce the Commendatore and narrate the scene. Allow the music to continue briefly into "Ah, Soccorso! Son Tradito..." 8-9 (no music playing) Introduce the characters of Don Ottavio (8) and Donna Elvira (9) and explain the plot developments 10 Play the opening of the catalogue aria “Madamina…” and explain what it is about and the significance of its revelations in the context of the time 11-29 Play “Pimpin’ around the World” by Ludacris (clean version, available on iTunes) while advancing through the slides to present an updated interpretation of the catalogue aria that younger audiences can relate to. 30 Play opening of "Giovinette, Che Fate All'amore" to set the scene of the peasant wedding. Introduce the characters of Masetto and Zerlina and explain how Don Giovanni goes about seducing Zerlina. 31 Play "Là Ci Darem la Mano" and explain what promises Don Giovanni is making 32-33 (no music) describe plot developments: Elivira shows up and tells Zerlina what a bad guy Don Giovanni is, Don Giovanni agrees to help Donna Anna and Don Ottavio locate the “attacker,” and Elvira continues to beg Don Giovanni to take her back… 34 Play the Champagne aria "Fin Ch'han Dal Vino" and explain its significance. In the other vignettes, Donna Anna has finally figured out that Don Giovanni is the villain she wants to avenge, and Leporello warns Don Giovanni that Zerlina knows what he’s up to. 35 Play and discuss Zerlina’s “Batti, Batti” aria 36 Describe party scene and play the ensemble with the three orchestras playing contrasting songs in polyphony "Da Bravi, Via, Ballate". Discuss how this was an unprecedented and significant musical gesture, and mention the connection with the three dances that are mentioned in the champagne aria representing the different social classes that Don Giovanni intendes to “mingle” with. 37 Advance to this slide when Zerlina’s scream is heard, and summarize the plot developments 39 Explain why Don Giovanni is bribing Leporello to switch identities with him 40 Summarize plot: Leporello attempts to woo Donna Elvira while Don Giovanni goes after her chambermaid 41 Explain how Don Giovanni evades Masetto and his armed friends… 42 …and thrashes Masetto. Play "Vedrai, carino" 43 Leporello reveals his true identity to the characters that are in pursuit of Don Giovanni, and agrees to help them 44 Explain the relevance of the Statue, and how it crossed the boundaries of the genre of “Dramma Giocoso” 45 One by one, the characters beg Don Giovanni to repent 46 The Statue arrives for dinner; Leporello is so freaked out he hides under the table. Play ensemble “Don Giovanni…” and identify the texture of the three voices while describing the pyrotechnics occurring onstage 47 Cut to this slide at the moment Don Giovanni’s final scream is heard (6:15) and proclaim that he has been dragged down to Hell! 48 Play opening of "Ah! Dov'è Il Perfido?" and briefly tell what happens to all of the other characters after the demise of Don Giovanni: Donna Anna tells Don Ottavio he has to wait a year to marry her; Donna Elvira joins a convent; Leporello decides he needs to find a better master; and Masetto and Zerlina have dinner.