Mozart - Don Giovanni (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1145D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st September 2014
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy offers boundless scope for directors, and Kasper Holten has chosen it to follow his directorial debut of Eugene Onegin. He wanted to shift the emphasis from Don Giovanni’s sex life into a darker place, showing Giovanni’s womanizing as an attempt to stave off his own mortality. Each woman he seduces represents a life he could have had. Though it is a dark piece, Holten handles it with a light touch and works with a superb cast – Mariusz Kwiecien, one of the world’s leading Don Giovannis, Alex Esposito, a fresh, vigorous Leporello, and acclaimed French soprano Véronique Gens.
Set designs including innovative use of projections are by Es Devlin (most recently at the Royal Opera House with Les Troyens.
- Don Giovanni: Mariusz Kwiecien
- Leporello: Alex Esposito
- Commendatore: Alexander Tsymbalyuk
- Donna Elvira: Véronique Gens
- Don Ottavio: Antonio Poli
- Donna Anna: Malin Byström
- Zerlina: Elizabeth Watts
- Masetto: Dawid Kimberg
Director: Kasper Holten
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014
Extra features: Introduction, Don Giovanni's Women, Director's commentary and a cast gallery.
"Holten directs meticulously: the staging has been rehearsed with exceptional thoughtfulness and attention to detail." - The Daily Telegraph
"With a cast that could not be bettered today allied to an insightful if sometimes idiosyncratic staging, this is a Don Giovanni that is never boring, often thrilling, and demands to be seen." - Seen and Heard International
Running time: 187 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
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