Don Giovanni in the Hood

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All the trigger warnings.

“Here’s how Peter Sellars describes his [updating of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni]: ‘There’s a rape and a murder in the first 90 seconds of Don Giovanni … It’s probably the greatest opera ever written. … Don Giovanni is an opera that, 200 years later, we’re still struggling to try to understand.'” (From a 1991 review: read the whole thing, “Peter Sellars’s Streetwise Don Giovanni,” here.)

Another review: “Sellars’ Don Giovanni Wallows in Gore and Grime of a Bronx Slum.”

In fact, even the tamest, most traditional production of Don Giovanni could probably do with a trigger warning.

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