MOZART Don Giovanni. Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Veronique Gens, Antonio Poli, Malin Bystrom, Elizabeth Watts, Dawid Kimberg, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Nicola Luisotti. Opus Arte DVD
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
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Nicola Luisotti
Director Kasper Holten
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014
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), Nicola Luisotti conducts.
- Directed by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House.
- Cast includes Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito and Véronique Gens.
- Es Devlin’s designs include a slowly revolving cube depicting the interior and exterior of a many-chambered plantation-style mansion and innovative video projection.
- 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
Opus Arte DVD OA1145D
|Release Period||September 2014|