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Cabals and SatiresMozart's Comic Operas in Vienna$
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Ian Woodfield

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190692636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190692636.001.0001

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In Time of War

In Time of War

The Vienna don giovanni

(p.152) 4 In Time of War
Cabals and Satires

Ian Woodfield

Oxford University Press

The year 1788 was a difficult one for the Austrian Monarchy, as the first campaign of the war against the Ottoman Empire ended inconclusively. Joseph II and Archduke Franz were away from Vienna, serving with the army. With persistent rumors that the opera buffa troupe was to be disbanded, the Vienna stage was affected by declining attendance rates. Against this background, Don Giovanni faced additional obstacles: the very late arrival of the new prima donna; the pregnancies of two leading singers; the poor reception accorded to newly recruited tenor and bass performers. In August, Joseph II finally announced that Italian opera would be discontinued at the National Theater at the end of the season. He returned to Vienna at the end of the year, a seriously ill man.

Keywords:   Mozart, Salieri, Don Giovanni, Axur, Joseph II, Ferrarese del Bene, Vienna

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