Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

[don joh-vah-nee, jee-uh-; Italian dawn jaw-vahn-nee]
noun
an opera (1787) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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Don Giovanni [(don jee-uh-vah-nee, joh-vah-nee)]

An opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, recounting the dissolute life of Don Juan (Don Giovanni is the Italian form of Don Juan). At the end of the opera, a statue of a man Don Giovanni has killed comes to life and drags the unscrupulous seducer into the burning pit of hell.

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