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Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas

Kristi Brown-Montesano


This book offers a detailed exploration of the female roles in Mozart's four most frequently performed operas: Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and Die Zauberflöte. Each chapter takes a close look at the music, libretto text, literary sources, and historical factors that give shape to a character, re-evaluating common assumptions and proposing fresh interpretations. Each character is viewed as the subject of a story, not merely the object of a hero's narrative or the stock figure of convention. From amiable Zerlina, to the awesome Queen of the Night, to calculating Despina, al ... More

Keywords: Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, libretto text, female characters, Zerlina, Despina, social issues, political issues, cultural issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520248021
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristi Brown-Montesano, author