Don Juan

Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749 - 1838)

Don Juan (Spanish), Don Giovanni (Italian) is a legendary, fictional libertine. Although the various iterations of the Don Juan myth show some variation, the basic story remains the same. Don Juan is portrayed as a wealthy, seductive libertine who devotes his life to seducing women, taking great pride in his ability to seduce women of all ages and stations in life. Don Giovanni, an opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, is arguably the best-known version. First performed in Prague in 1787, it inspired works by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Alexander Pushkin, Søren Kierkegaard, George Bernard Shaw, and Albert Camus.

Here, LibriVox volunteers read an English translation of da Ponte's libretto.

Dramatis Personae:
Don Juan: Beth Thomas
Donna Anna: Availle
Don Octavio: ToddHW
Don Pedro: alanmapstone
Donna Elvira: Elizabeth Klett
Leperello: Larry Wilson
Zerlina: Kristin Gjerløw
Masetto: John Burlinson
Chorus woman: rotgold
Chorus woman: KHand
Stage Directions & Editor: MaryAnnS

Genre(s): Plays

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Argument and Dramatis Personae MaryAnn
Play 01 Act 1 Group 00:36:55
Play 02 Act 2 Group 00:26:24