Why only the champagne (aria) when you can have the full opera? – Interrupting the 12 White Shirts of Christmas for a timely reminder that the New Year, at least in music, has started beautifully, with France Musique broadcasting the Dec 15th recording of “Don Giovanni” from Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. It’s available for audio streaming.
So… Mozart, feminist discussion and a favorite soprano?
Count me in.
And while “Don Giovanni” is probably only white-shirtish in deconstruction (which is a fair starting point), there was Donna Anna in a suit at TCE, offering another starting point to discuss depictions of femininity in relation to power and self (next to other, eh, more superficial appeals). – Don’t miss the comment discussion in thadieu’s write-up to get you started. Some nice ideas for plot extensions, too.
But France Musique seems to have had that same ping on the old ‘dar, because look at the accompanying program choice as seleted by Jérémie Rhorer himself. Well.