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date: 22 October 2020

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This article examines sex, politics, and censorship in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni/Don Juan, published in Vienna in the spring or summer of 1787. More specifically, it considers the so-called dialogic aspects of censorship by citing the example of institutional supervision over the content of Mozart’s work. It first discusses the issues surrounding the libretto and the role of censorship in several performances of a German adaptation at the Vienna court theater. It then describes how Franz Karl Hägelin, head of the office of the theater censor in Vienna, and other court theater personnel at the time approached the content of German-language works presented to them in the early 1780s.

Keywords: sex, politics, censorship, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, opera, Don Giovanni, Don Juan, Vienna, court theater, Franz Karl Hägelin

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