As legend goes, Don Juan had 1003
lovers in Spain. Don Juan is referred to as "Don Giovanni" in this
opera. There are three women who have quite different backgrounds,
a daughter of aristocracy, Donna Anna, a DG's former lover, Donna
Elvira, and a village beauty, Zerlina. It is remarkable to see the
interaction between Don Giovanni and the three women.
There are some serious scenes in this opera, for example, to
fight a duel between Don Giovanni and the Commendatore. The most
dramatic scene is that Don Giovanni goes to hell. Mozart composed
some very great dramatic music for this scene. It is one of the
greatest scenes in all of Mozart's operas.
The old philosopher Faust, in his
study, is tired of life, but hearing the cheerful sounds of life
outside, now calls on the Devil to help him. Mephistopheles appears
and grants him wealth and power and, at his request, youth, in
return for his soul.
Gounod's Faust remains the most famous operatic treatment of
Goethe’s play. Orchestral excerpts from the work include the ballet
scene from the fifth act, the Nubian dances, Cleopatra variations,
Trojans’ dance, Mirror variations and dance of Phryne.