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Before I ever fell in love with pop music, I listened to a whole lot of opera. My dad is a huge opera fan, and when I was a kid, whenever we were in the car, he’d blast the classical radio station. On weekends in particular, I would ride around with my dad, running errands, and we would listen to the broadcast from the Met. This went on for years, until I realized that none of the other kids in my school had ever heard of the Texaco Opera Quiz, much less ever gotten a question right. One of the operas we listened to was Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Written in 1787, this Melrose Place of operas features everything perfect about the art: beautiful arias, juicy plot lines about sex and death, political undertones—all a thousand times more intriguing because it’s in Italian. The Wolf Trap Opera Company performs this dramma giocoso (that’s Italian for “jocular drama”) at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $18 to $48. (703) 218-6500. (Tina Plottel)