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Don Giovanni (Don Juan) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 1787

When Don Giovanni tries to rape Donna Anna, the engaged daughter of a nobleman, things go horribly wrong, ending in the father's death. Anna makes her fiancée swear revenge against the evil doer. Later, at a wedding, the naughty Don Giovanni attempts to sexually assault the bride, Zerlina. In his exuberant drunkenness, his loud voice is recognized by Anna as that of her attacker and her father's murderer. Despite warnings that he will be punished for his evil ways, Don Giovanni refuses to reform himself, and his house is engulfed in flames as he is dragged off to purgatory. Later, the other characters in the story talk about their plans for the future and sing, "Such is the fate of a wrongdoer."

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