Là ci darem la mano

In response to Bloom's question in Calypso, Molly names two songs that she will be singing on the "programme" that Hugh Boylan has put together for their upcoming concert tour. The first is "Là ci darem," a duet for baritone and soprano from Mozart's Don Giovanni. This delicious song of sexual seduction comments in many ways on the Blooms' marriage and Boylan's intrusion into it. Bloom thinks of several phrases from the duet, all of them discouraging, in subsequent chapters. The other number that Molly will be performing, Love's Old Sweet Song, carries more positive associations.

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Kyle Flubacker photograph of soprano Ying Fang and baritone Lucas Meachem in a 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago production. Source: chicago.thelocaltourist.com.

"La ci darem la mano," with Rodney Gilfry as Don Giovanni and Liliana Nikiteanu as Zerlina. Source: www.youtube.com.

"La ci darem la mano," with Bryn Terfel as Don Giovanni and Hei-Kyung Hong as Zerlina. Source: www.youtube.com.

"Notte e giorno faticar" and following music, with Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello, Bryn Terfel as Don Giovanni, Renee Fleming as Donna Anna, and Sergei Koptchak as the Commendatore, from a 2000 production at the Metropolitan Opera. Source: www.youtube.com.