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DR. VON LYRIC: 3 Characters in Search of ...Vengeance? ...Justice? ...Love? ...Sex?

Mar 30, 2015 2:04:00 PM
By BLO Staff

It has often been commented that in Don Giovanni, while the work is ostensibly focused on the title character (the obsessive seducer, violent libertine, seducer, rapist, and unrepentant sinner), Mozart pours his most powerful, dramatic, and psychologically perceptive insights into the personae and music of the three ladies that the Don encounters over the course of the evening's trajectory.

On Wednesday, April 1, BLO is presenting a 6:00pm discussion on this topic in conjunction with the Boston Public Library (at the library...and free!), titled Feminine Vengeance: Opera's Unforgettable Leading Ladies. Some of the opera's leading ladies (sung by Chelsea Basler, Heather Gallagher, and Meredith Hansen) will join guests from the New England Foundation for Psychoanalysis for musical analysis and, I guess, a little therapy.

Here follows some uninhibited clinical testimony from the ladies themselves.

Subject # 1: Donna Elvira (erotomania?)

Subject # 2: Donna Anna (frigidity?)

Subject # 3: Zerlina (masochism?)

Topics: Boston Public Library, Don Giovanni, FREE

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